The US and its NATO allies ought to put together a “devastating” response to potential Russian nuclear motion, Sen. Mitt Romney mentioned on Saturday.
The decision to motion comes on the heels of threats from the Kremlin and warnings from Russian diplomats that the nation’s Ukraine invasion may result in a nuclear strike, the Utah Republican wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times.
“Russia’s use of a nuclear weapon would unarguably be a redefining, reorienting geopolitical occasion,” Romney, 75, wrote.
“We should always think about the unimaginable, particularly how we’d reply militarily and economically to such a seismic shift within the international geopolitical terrain.”
The previous presidential candidate introduced a number of choices obtainable to western allies along with a nuclear response if a “cornered and delusional” Russian President Vladimir Putin deployed a nuclear weapon.
NATO forces may have interaction with Russia in Ukraine and crush out their makes an attempt to reclaim the peaceable former Soviet territory, he wrote.
The US may additionally strain China and different Russia allies to show in opposition to its companion with an ultimatum, much like the one delivered by former President George W. Bush after the 9/11 assaults.
“You might be both with us, or you’re with Russia — you can’t be with each,” Romney wrote.
Any nation that aligned with a post-nuclear Russia can be a “international pariah,” and can be compelled to endure an “financial Armageddon,” which is “far preferable to nuclear Armageddon,” he mentioned.
Romney mentioned he helps the continued US assist of Ukraine and presumes the Biden administration is working with NATO to “develop and consider a broad vary of choices.”
“The potential responses to an act so heinous and geopolitically disorienting as a nuclear strike should be optimally designed and have the assist of our NATO allies,” Romney concluded.
“Mr. Putin and his enablers should not have any doubt that our reply to such depravity can be devastating.”