Several Democrats are urging President Joe Biden not to execute a plan to use Russian bases to launch drone strikes on Afghanistan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed the idea during a recent discussion with Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told members of Congress this week. General Mark Milley, the president’s top military adviser, confirmed during another hearing on Wednesday that he spoke with his counterpart later to explore the idea.
Rep. Alyssa Slotkin (D-Mich.) told Milley that the idea caused “the hair on our necks” to go up, adding that she was speaking for several members of Congress.
House Foreign Affairs Speaker Gregory Meeks (DNY) also criticized the proposal, telling the Washington Examiner that the Russians were not trustworthy.
“I can’t see the use of Aadhaar,” he said.
“I don’t think Russia does anything anywhere to undermine American interests,” said Rep. Tom Malinowski (dn.j.). “I don’t want any aspect of our security in that region to depend on Russia hosting us.”
US Ambassador to Kazakhstan William Moser told reporters on Tuesday that there are no “specific plans” to use Russian bases, Russian state media reported.
During a hearing in Washington, Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb) said the talks were part of a pattern with the Biden administration.
“I think what we’re seeing about using Russian bases is just one more example that we see about the Biden administration – they’ve really left us in a terrible position, that we’ve got to be the Russians.” We have to tell them to be able to protect the United States from terrorists, and we have to tell them to use their installations,” she said.
Austin said the United States was “not asking the Russians for anything” and was not asking Russia for permission to do anything.
But Fischer said the current situation, with the completion of the US pullout in late August, is already problematic.
“Afghanistan is a landlocked country” and “we have to depend on Pakistan to give us airspace to get there,” he said.
General Frank McKenzie later agreed that the military should use Pakistani airspace and the future of that use is not entirely clear.
“I know they were very supportive during the final phase of our engagement in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that Pakistan is “very disputed” because of their alignment with the Taliban terrorist group, which now controls Afghanistan. .
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times