Speaking at the Detroit Economic Club, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that an increase in United States exports to Europe could force Russia to retreat. This is reported by the press service of the Department of State.
“Indeed, increasing our exports is central to our security. If we can export to Europe, we put Russia on its back foot,” he said.
“If we can export to Asia, we can do the same with China,” Pompeo added.
As it was reported earlier, Mike Pompeo said he supported the plans to provide Ukraine with defensive lethal weapons. Pompeo said that at the five-hour-long confirmation hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
When Republican Senator Rob Portman asked Pompeo whether he supports providing lethal weaponry to Ukraine for defense, Pompeo said “Senator, I do”.
He said sanctions against Russia and the decision to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine were evidence that Mr Trump’s “national security strategy, rightfully, has identified Russia as a danger to our country”.