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US Senate warns Russia about possibility of repetition of 'Afghan lesson' in Ukraine

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Chris Murphy added that while he was optimistic about the discussion between Biden and Putin
11:11, 6 December 2021

Democratic United States Senator for Connecticut and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee Chris Murphy
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Democratic United States Senator for Connecticut and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee Chris Murphy on December 5 warned Russia that "Ukraine can become the next Afghanistan for Russia." Murphy said this on Sunday program of Fareed Zakaria on CNN.

He added that while he was optimistic about the discussion between Biden and Putin, "I do think that there's no substitute for person-to-person diplomacy."

"And so I hope that this meeting, this virtual meeting between President Biden and President Putin, can bear fruit," the Connecticut Democrat told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

Warning against any Russian aggression toward Ukraine, he said that if "Russia does decide to move further into Ukraine, it would be a mistake of historic proportions for Moscow."

"Ukraine can become the next Afghanistan for Russia if it chooses to move further. And it's up to us in the Congress to make clear that we are going to be diplomatic, political and military partners with Ukraine," Murphy added. "That we are going to provide them with increased military assistance so that they can defend themselves. And I hope that we take steps in Congress in the next week to make that clear."

Related: Three fronts offensive and siege of Kyiv: Western media publish plans for Russian offensive in Ukraine

Russian forces have capabilities in place along the Ukraine border to carry out a swift and immediate invasion, including erecting supply lines such as medical units and fuel that could sustain a drawn-out conflict, should Moscow choose to invade, two sources familiar with the latest intelligence assessments recently told CNN.

Russia has denied in recent days that it has any plans to attack Ukraine but has also demanded security guarantees from the West, such as a pledge that it won't allow Ukraine to join NATO.

Biden will hold "a secure video call" with Putin on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Saturday. "The leaders will discuss a range of topics in the U.S.-Russia relationship, including strategic stability, cyber, and regional issues," Psaki said. "President Biden will underscore U.S. concerns with Russian military activities on the border with Ukraine and reaffirm the United States' support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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