Solution in Ukraine must be acceptable for both Moscow, Kiev: Pompeo
The former head of the CIA said the war must be put to an end as concerns of Russian attacks harming the US increase.
The former head of the US spy agency and ex-State Secretary Mike Pompeo stated that the solution to the war in Ukraine needs to be acceptable to both Moscow and Kiev.
"Every day this goes on creates enormous risk for us, for America - the risk that he [Russian President Vladimir Putin] uses a tactical nuclear weapon, risk that he conducts a cyber campaign here in the States to send a message to us," Pompeo told Dave Rubin in a YouTube interview that was published on Sunday.
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"We’ve got to get this to end. I only know one way to get it to end and that is to provide the Ukrainians with the tools that they need … We should then find a solution that had two features - one, it’s going to have to be acceptable to both, to Russian people and the Ukrainian people," the former CIA chief added.
A permanent solution needs to be reached, Pompeo stressed.
"We have the capacity to use American power - not our soldiers, airmen, marines - but American power to facilitate a hastier conclusion to this and a relatively permanent conclusion," he noted.
"I am convinced there are very few conflicts like this when end with one side totally annihilating and defeating the other… they always end up with some level of compromise. I am confident this one will end up this way as well."
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Earlier on Sunday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov slammed the US decision to deliver its main M1 Abrams battle tank to Ukraine as "an extremely destructive step" and called Washington's step an attempt to "stage a clear-cut escalation scenario in Ukraine."
He also considered that the American decision is aimed to "line up NATO's ranks" and highlighted that the international community is growing "increasingly more concerned" by these developments that are designed and launched by "a group of irresponsible Western politicians."
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said earlier last week, commenting on the US announcement of sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, that the delivery will become another "blatant provocation" against Russia and warned that the Russian military would destroy the equipment.
"This would be another blatant provocation against the Russian Federation. No one should have illusions about who is the real aggressor in the current conflict," Antonov added.