Local Congressman Meets With Ukraine President, Talks Defense Strategy Against Putin

Local Congressman Meets With Ukraine President, Talks Defense Strategy Against Putin

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A local congressman met with world leaders. It's all because of Russian President Vladimir Putin fueling unrest in the East. NewsWest 9 caught up with Congressman Mike Conaway to hear more about the strategy.

Congressman Mike Conaway spent days abroad in Ukraine, Germany and France to collaborate with other leaders to come up with a plan to stand up against Vladimir Putin.

"Putin, none of us can get in his head, which would be pretty scary if we could," said Congressman of the 11th District of Texas, Mike Conaway.

Mike Conaway is one of a handful of leaders from the U.S. that went to Ukraine to meet with President Petro Poroshenko.

"He wants additional weapons. Defensive weapons from the United States. He wants additional sanctions on Russia," Conaway said.

Right now, there's a cease fire agreement in place and existing sanctions against Russia, which expire in June.

Conaway says although he supports more weaponry for Ukraine, other leaders are worried Putin will escalate his forces as a result.

"I'm struggling because bullies have to be stood up to," said Conaway.

With a struggling economy in Ukraine, corruption at law enforcement levels and Putin spitting misinformation via propaganda campaigns, Conaway says it's like juggling chainsaws for Poroshenko. If Putin attempts to attack a NATO country, Conaway says if you attack one, you attack them all.

"He wants to break the back of NATO, the NATO alliance, the Western alliance because he wants to resurface, reset Russia much in the way the Soviet Union was for all those years," said Conaway.