Ukrainian-born lawmaker says Biden is ‘funding’ Putin’s war by buying Russian oil

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Republican Indiana Representative Victoria Spartz, born in Ukraine, called on President Biden and the ruling Democrats to stop indirectly funding Vladimir Putin’s invasion by buying thousands of barrels of Russian oil a day.

Spartz said earlier on Wednesday that Putin was a “madman” committing “genocide” against Ukrainians.

Rep. Victoria Sparta, R-Ind., who emigrated from Ukraine, speaks about the war in Ukraine.
(Associated Press)

On “Hannity,” Spartz said that energy security is a major issue for the United States and is directly tied to the Russian invasion:

“Unfortunately we have too many people who … hope they change their minds that the biggest threat is climate change right now because we have much bigger issues right now and we lack common sense,” she said.

“We have a lack of common sense in Europe, but we also have a lack of common sense in our country, and that has created instability, bloodshed and a lot of problems. So we have to be smarter. And I think, you know, that the president needs to understand that if we’re going to tip the scales and get President Putin to listen to us, the most effective way to do that is to stop funding his war.”

Spartz said she had previously met with German officials – until recently one of the main buyers of Russian energy – and when she criticized the relationship, the Germans replied that America was also buying Russian oil. .

“To tell you the truth, I didn’t have an answer for them because it was true. And it’s just a shame that we’re doing this,” she said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a speech

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a speech
((Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP))

Regarding the invasion itself, Spartz said that the USSR, and now the Russian Federation, had always had “bandits”, but that Putin had upped the ante by installing Chechen “mafia” individuals. in offices near him in the Kremlin, which she said would. threaten the Russians.

“And I think a lot of people, even in his police force, don’t like that because these people are lawless, and he uses them to suppress Russians and everyone else,” she said. “So I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some discontent in the police in this war against their people.”


She said Putin’s Kremlin had previously “installed a president who was a former criminal to lead [Ukraine] in a criminal way – and the Ukrainians said that not enough is enough. They took him down.”

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a friend of Putin, who is believed to be currently living in exile in Russia, fled Kyiv in 2014 before the legislature could press charges against him.

She said Putin continued to underestimate the Ukrainian people, but the West should have been more proactive than reactive in its dealings with the hardened former Soviet intelligence officer.

“We have to take people like this seriously. But now we have to stop this bloodshed because a lot of people are going to be killed and we have to show leadership,” she concluded.


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