The unrest in Kiev is a matter for the Ukrainian people to address, not the United States, says Ron Paul. A majority of citizens from both countries would agree with him too, he contends.
“The American people are very leery of getting involved in another squabble in some other country,” Paul told Fox News on Wednesday shortly after both sides of the conflict agreed to a truce after two days of violence resulted in 26 deaths. “I would be willing to wager most of the people in the Ukraine would like to see the United States stay out, and they’d like to see the Russians stay out.”
The former Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate expressed his hope for a separation between eastern and western Ukraine given the differences that already exist between both sides. He floated the idea of a confederation between the two sides.
Paul, who has advocated a more isolationist approach for the U.S. throughout his career, said the current situation could serve as the first step towards “trying to set a moral standard” in its foreign policy.
“That’s their business, and it certainly isn’t ours,” he said. “We’ve tried it for too long, and the American people are sick and tired of it, and we’re also out of money.”