See below for video of Sen. Mark Warner’s appearance on CNN this morning, as well as a few highlights.
- On President Biden expressing his view that Vladimir Putin can’t stay in power, Sen. Warner said, “There is one individual that’s trying to make regime change in Europe and that’s Vladimir Putin, trying to change the regime in Ukraine. And I candidly agree with the Ukrainian prime minister, who really has been extraordinary. We, and not just we, but countries around the world, have called out Putin as a war criminal, he has been sanctioned by many, many nations. We are trying to kick him out of the G20. Now, at the end of the day the regime in Russia will be determined by the Russian people. And I hope the Russian people will make those decisions going forward. Clearly Putin has overplayed his hand in Ukraine, Russian forces are reeling, and I think that is partially because they know they are involved in an illegal war. But it will be up for the Russian people to make that decision.”
- “I think the stated policy as the White House has pointed out has not changed.”
- On potential cyberattacks by Russia on the US, Sen. Warner said Russian cyber capabilities are “top notch.” So far, he’s “surprised” that Russia hasn’t launched “their A-team cyberattacks against Ukraine,” that the internet is still working in Ukraine, etc. “We don’t honestly have a good answer” why Russia hasn’t launched these cyberattacks. But no doubt, Americans “need to be ready” for potential Russian cyberattacks. Whether or not a Russian cyberattack might constitute an “Article 5” violation, it’s in a gray zone, “uncharted territory” if American troops are killed.