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Ukraine is a ‘gold mine’ – Lindsey Graham

Allowing a Russian victory in the conflict would deprive America of access to vast mineral resources, Lindsey Graham says.

Washington “cannot afford” to allow Russia to achieve victory in the Ukraine conflict as this would mean losing direct access to vast mineral assets, US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has said.

In an interview with ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS on Sunday, Graham accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being a “megalomaniac” who is attempting to “re-create the Russian Empire by force of arms,” starting with Ukraine. He further claimed that if Moscow wins the current conflict, it will then take over Ukraine’s wealth and share it with China. Graham described that prospect as “ridiculous,” suggesting it would be better if this “gold mine” were available to the US instead.

“They’re sitting on 10 to $12 trillion of critical minerals in Ukraine. They could be the richest country in all of Europe… If we help Ukraine now, they can become the best business partner we ever dreamed of, that $10 to $12 trillion of critical mineral assets could be used by Ukraine and the West, not given to Putin and China,” Graham stated.

“This is a very big deal how Ukraine ends. Let’s help them win a war we can’t afford to lose… They’re sitting on a gold mine. To give Putin $10 or $12 trillion for critical minerals that he will share with China is ridiculous.“

Graham, a longtime Russia hawk and one of the staunchest supporters of Ukraine in the US Senate, also called on the West to speed up the seizure of $300 billion in frozen Russian sovereign assets. He reiterated his demands for Russia to be designated “a state sponsor of terrorism” under US law, a suggestion which earlier this year landed the senator on Moscow’s list of extremists and terrorists.

One day prior to Graham’s remarks, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban argued that the West wants Kiev to win the conflict with Russia so that it can control Ukraine’s wealth. In an interview with Hir TV, Orban accused the US and its allies of seeing Ukraine as a potentially huge source of revenue which they will be able to control, provided Russia is defeated. He also said the conflict is a major boost for Western “arms suppliers, creditors, and speculators,” arguing that this is the reason it has dragged on for so long.

Moscow has repeatedly stated throughout the conflict that its goals are to protect the largely Russian-speaking population of Donbass against persecution by Kiev, and to ensure Russia’s own security in light of NATO expansion toward its borders. Moscow has never spoken of any intention to take over Ukraine’s resources, but has repeatedly stressed that the former Ukrainian regions which have chosen to join Russia, including Crimea, must remain under its control.

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  1. So, Lindsey Graham wants the US to win the war in Ukraine for a “fistful of dollars”, and he accuses President Putin of being a megalomaniac. What a disgusting hypocrite!

    I knew about the child trafficking, the organ trafficking, adrenochrome, Azov Nazis and the corruption (why Biden, Pelosi and Kerry children are involved there). I did not know about the mineral wealth.

  2. Prolific war monger (and the king of Narnia) vacates the closet for a few minutes to pontificate for more war. Imagine my shock.

  3. The greed , envy and spite of the US vulture has no limit. And its shamless lies and murder to appropriate other countries’ assets.

  4. Ugh, loathe this man. That said, this is almost certainly a big part of the reason for what happening, as is a the case in places like Syria. Its all about the resources and the money, that flows from them.

  5. Old crusty Mr “Held to Ransom” Lyndsay Graham just doing what he’s instructed by Mossad operatives if he wants to see any of his family alive again.

    • Brainless nonsensical AH’s don’t get much bigger than Lindsay Graham
      Jew suck hole of the highest order
      Send him to the front with a Russian dictionary
      Warmonger supreme

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