(PartiallyPolitics.com) On Friday, former Vice President Mike Pence following an address at the University of Texas at Austin warned against believing that Russian President Vladimir Putin would stop trying to control Ukraine. Surprisingly, this is a direct break from previous remarks made by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
During his speech Pence pointed out that the U.S. needed to maintain its support of Ukraine. He also warned that if Russia won in Ukraine it could draw the U.S. into a bigger conflict and could potentially threaten the U.S.’ NATO allies.
Following the speech Pence gave an interview with NBC News in which he was asked about DeSantis’ statement earlier this week in which he opposed the continuous support of Ukraine. He also questioned whether Russia would actually try to invade any other countries. During an interview with Fox News, DeSantis commented that the idea of Russia invading a NATO country was “steamrolling” and that this was “not even” close to occurring.
In response to this statement, Pence said that thinking that Putin would not continue past Ukraine “is wrong” and that it was necessary to “understand the real long-term threat of renewed Russian aggression in Europe.”
In Friday’s speech, Pence also spoke about Putin’s role in creating the war and he said that there should not be space in the Republican Party leadership “for apologists for Putin.”
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