Former presidential hopeful and long-time lawmaker Ron Paul told RT that he doesn’t think the United States should get involved any further in the escalating situation in Ukraine.
Paul, a staunch non-interventionist who last year retired from Congress after more than a quarter-century, said during an exclusive interview with RT on Wednesday that there’s “no sense” in having America entangled in the overseas standoff.
“I don’t think we have any business there,” Paul told RT from his office in Texas this week.
“We certainly don’t want to send troops in right now,” he told RT, and attempting to assist by offering any financial aid would be impossible.
“We are out of money,” he said, “so this idea that we are going to start bailing out Ukraine is total nonsense.”
“I don’t see how we could afford that, nor should we do it,” he said. “The whole thing makes no sense whatsoever from an economic viewpoint [or] from a political viewpoint. It’s always vying for control, and I think that’s what is going on.”
“I don’t think we should have an interest” in Ukraine, he added. “If we did it should be that we should encourage the Ukrainians to solve their problems, and once they have a government we should be open to working with them and talking to them.”
When asked by RT’s Liz Wahl if he had any advice for the current administration with regards to the Ukrainian conflict, Paul said “we should stay out of it and not be a participant.”