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Dr. Mark Esper: America and NATO Allies Must Support Ukraine and Stand Up For Democracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The McCain Institute at Arizona State University today released the following statement from John S. McCain Distinguished Fellow and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper regarding Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions against Ukraine:

“The United States must do more to deter a Russian invasion, reassure our NATO Allies, and stand firm with Ukraine. This means deploying American forces now to help defend our frontline allies from the Baltics to the Black Sea and send a powerful message of resolve to Vladimir Putin. Next, Washington and other NATO capitals need to reinforce Ukraine with increased arms, ammunition, intelligence, logistical support, training, and planning.  Finally, the Biden Administration needs to lead a clear, detailed, and unified statement of support from all NATO capitals, especially Berlin, that a Russian incursion of any size, or an action of any type, against Ukraine will be met with a broad and severe range of sanctions and economic penalties. The democracies of the world must act with principle and never give an inch when dealing with autocrats like Vladimir Putin. Much is on the line now, and the world is watching.”

Last week, the McCain Institute hosted a discussion between John S. McCain Distinguished Fellow and former U.S. Defense Secretary Dr. Mark Esper and Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks on the topic of Russian aggression in Europe. Watch the full conversation HERE.

This Friday, January 28 the McCain Institute will host a panel discussion on the future of the NATO Alliance and an increasingly aggressive Russia. RSVP for the live event HERE.

About the McCain Institute at Arizona State University
Inspired by Senator John S. McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute for International Leadership is fighting to secure democracy and alliances, defend human rights, protect the vulnerable and advance character-driven leadership, both at home and around the world.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

DISCLAIMER: McCain Institute for International Leadership is a non-partisan “do-tank” that is part of Arizona State University. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent an opinion of the McCain Institute.

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January 25, 2022
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