Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Wednesday that the U.S. and NATO allies must halt Russia’s encroachment into Ukraine or risk an “unraveling of Europe.”
“We have to stop Russia here because they are really going to upset the world order that was set in place after the fall of the Iron Curtain,” King said during a radio interview with Fox Business.
If that happens, he warned, “you’re going to see an unraveling of Europe, whether it involves Poland, the Czech Republic or the Baltic states."
“This cannot be allowed to stand and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has be told there’s a price to pay,” said King, who serves on the House Intelligence and Homeland Security committees.
The lawmaker's comments come the same day President Obama, speaking from Estonia, lashed out at Moscow for it’s “brazen assault on the territorial integrity” of Ukraine, another former Soviet satellite state.
He vowed that the U.S. would defend the "integrity" of every NATO member.
"The defense of Tallinn and Riga and Vilnius is just as important as the defense of Berlin and Paris and London," Obama said during a press conference.
The president is now due to travel to the NATO summit in Wales, where Russia’s repeated incursions into Ukraine are expected to be a central topic.
Obama’s statement came amid conflicting reports that Moscow and Kiev had hammered out a cease-fire agreement.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the Kremlin had agreed to broker a peace deal but later retracted that statement after Moscow dismissed the report.