Ambassador to Israel commends US allies for unity in response to Ukraine invasion, as warning to Beijing and Tehran
Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “crazy” ready to kill thousands of people in Ukraine, but the world is united against him and the others “thinking about doing bad things” US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides said in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Nides, who has represented Washington in Israel since December, spoke at an event hosted by the Jewish People Policy Institute, alongside former US Ambassador Dennis Ross.
Lamenting the “the tragedy” of Ukraine he said was caused by Putin, Nides said the silver lining was somehow “Europe and the world come together to show in unity” against Russia, exceeding US expectations.
“If you had told me or any of us in this room that each of our European colleagues would impose sanctions on Russia as they have done at their peril, at their own expense, I don’t think any of them would have imagined that,” he said, adding “It crosses all sectors, all economies.”
“What we are seeing for the first time in a very long time is that the world is speaking with one voice,” Nides argued, stressing that this should be a message not only for Russia, but “other people in the world who think of doing bad things”, specifically Iran and China, according to The Times of Israel.
America’s enemies are “to see that the world can come together to stop the atrocities”, Nides argued. Although the penalties are “is not going to stop Putin from killing a lot of people, but the implications for Russia and for the Russian people are going to be significant, and our enemies will be watching our progress very carefully,” he claimed.
A lifelong Democrat and former Morgan Stanley banker, Nides served in the Obama administration as the management and resource assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a decade ago. He was nominated by President Joe Biden in June and confirmed in December.
The United States echoed Kiev’s accusation that Russia launched a “without provocation” the invasion of Ukraine last week. Announcing the start of the military incursion, Putin said his goal was to demilitarize and “denazify” the Ukrainian government, which was committed “genocide” in the breakaway republics of Donbass.
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