Graham Warns Russia Against Nuclear Attack

( – There’s been significant talk among Republican lawmakers regarding the United States providing continued aid to Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian invaders. However, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently drew a definitive line in the sand regarding a possible nuclear attack orchestrated by the Kremlin.

On July 31, Graham posted a tweet directed at his “Russian friends” considering the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. He warned them in no uncertain terms that such an attack would constitute an assault on NATO “given Ukraine’s proximity to [alliance] territory.”

Graham continued his statement by offering a word of advice. “Time to sober up,” he began, suggesting Russia takes a moment to realize its “barbaric invasion” of its neighbor wasn’t succeeding. “Withdraw and save…young Russians from a pointless death,” he concluded.

For context, Graham included a link to a paywalled article from the British periodical, The Times. The piece cited recent comments by former Russian president and current Security Council Chairman Dmitry Medvedev regarding the possibility of a severe escalation of the war.

Medvedev warned that if Ukraine’s offense succeeded and the country managed to seize a portion of Russian territory, “we would be forced to use a nuclear weapon” under a previous decree handed down by President Vladimir Putin. His remark also referenced long-standing Russian military doctrine that calls for a nuclear response if a foreign adversary threatens Russian territory by conventional means.

Graham previously handed down a similar warning in the form of a resolution he introduced with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on June 22. The measure warned that the United States would consider the use of tactical nukes by “Russia, Belarus, or their proxies” as an attack on NATO, “requiring an Article V response.

The resolution also included the destruction of a nuclear facility in Ukraine, resulting in the disbursement of radioactive fallout into alliance territory as a reason for invoking Article V.

NATO has only invoked Article V once — in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks carried out against the United States by al-Qaeda in 2001.

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