Ukraine invites Ron DeSantis to visit after Florida governor calls war a
Ukraine has invited Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to visit the country after calling the war there a “territorial conflict.” “Critical National Interests” of the United States.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine just over a year ago, thousands have been killed, injured and displaced.
“We believe that as an ex-military officer deployed in a war zone, Gov [Ron DeSantis] Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko tweeted on Tuesday that he knows the difference between a ‘conflict’ and a war.
“We invite him to visit Ukraine to gain an in-depth understanding of Russia’s full-scale invasion and the threat it poses to American interests,” he said.
De Santis told Fox News Earlier this week, “While the United States has many important national interests – securing our borders, addressing the readiness crisis within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and the economic, cultural and Checking military power – further entanglement in the territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not among them.”
DeSantis is widely expected to run for president in 2024. Other members of his Republican Party expressed disapproval of his comments.
“This is a misunderstanding of the situation,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday. “This is not a territorial conflict, this is a war of aggression. To say it doesn’t matter is to say war crimes don’t matter.”
“I would argue, and I think the majority of people in this country recognize, how important Ukraine is to push Russia back,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.
Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota said, “Anyone who is interested in serving as the next president of the United States should do a thorough investigation before they decide to make up their mind on this particular issue. A briefing needs to be taken.”
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