Congressman Smith Calls for Use of Domestic And Ally Products During Ukraine Conflict

March 7, 2022, 5:53 p.m. ·

Adrian Smith headshot photo with him in bluse suit and striped tie with an American flag in the background.
Congressman Adrian Smith. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

U.S. Representative Adrian Smith of Nebraska said the United States should rely more on its own petroleum during the Ukraine-Russia crisis. The Third District congressional representative says the U.S. has the ability to work around existing supply chain issues and international sanctions against Russia.

“I think it’s hard to say that we won’t feel anything. I don’t want to give that false hope out there,” Smith said, “but I do think with today’s technology and productivity that we have domestically and with our friends around the world, there can be some adjustments to help soften the impact that could take place.”

He said trade sanctions against Russia have worked, and these measures were necessary to cut off Russia’s resources.

“Obviously we cannot let Vladimir Putin’s aggression go unanswered,” Smith said. “There is, I think, very common concern that Ukraine is just the first of many countries.”

Smith said Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s courage has been inspiring. Additionally, Smith says he’s proud of the unity NATO has shown in support of Ukraine while they fight for their independence.