Nancy Pelosi tells G7 Summit in Berlin Russia MUST be held accountable for ‘atrocities against children’ and ‘using rape of women as a weapon of war’ in brutal Ukraine invasion
- House Speaker Traveled to Berlin for meeting of G7 speakers
- She touted $50 billion in total US aid to Ukraine
- Comes as US announced another $600m military package
- Called for Russia to be held ‘accountable for the atrocities they are committing against little children’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded Russia be held accountable for ‘atrocities’ its military committed in Ukraine – and said frozen Russian assets should be used to rebuild the country.
Pelosi made her comments at a G7 meeting of speaker in Berlin, where she accidentally revealed she was planning a trip to Armenia and praised the billions in aid the U.S. has poured into Ukraine.
‘Russia must be held accountable, accountable for the atrocities they are committing against little children, using rape as a weapon of war, hunger as a tool of war, and the rest, but they must be held accountable,’ she said.
‘And it was encouraging to hear how Ukraine is documenting the crimes against humanity that are taking place there now,’ she said, referencing investigations of what was uncovered after the Russians were pushed out of Buccha and other towns.
‘Russia must be held accountable, accountable for the atrocities they are committing against little children,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday before talks with Germany’s foreign minister
She spoke after Ukraine had achieve substantial territorial gains after slicing through Russian positions in the northeast and in the south of the country.
It was her biggest statement on the diplomatic stage since her trip to Taiwan, which infuriated Beijing and prompted China to launch a series of military exercises and other moves the U.S. called ‘provocative.’
She also committed the U.S. and allies to reconstructing Ukraine, which has been bombarded by Russian munitions, often by ‘dumb’ bombs rather than precision weapons, as well as apparently deliberate attacks on infrastructure.
‘And Ukraine must be rebuilt. In Congress, we’ve had in the House ‘seize and freeze.’ Seize the assets – the Russian assets, freeze the assets, and then use them to rebuild Ukraine. It’s going to take a lot of money. Hopefully, it will be soon when the guns are silent, but we must be ready when they are,’ she said.
Pelosi met with Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at a G7 Speakers Summit. Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk of Ukraine, President Bärbel Bas of the German Bundestag and President Roberta Metsola of the European Parliament were also there
She said there was ‘solidarity in the G7, enthusiasm to make sure we do everything possible,’ and pointed to votes in Congress for $50 billion in total assistance.
The Pentagon on Friday said military assistance since February has now topped $15 billion.
Pelosi took a question about whether she would call on her own government to do more and for Germany to take a ‘leadership role.’
Germany drew notice for announcing it would buck longstanding postwar tradition and send military support outside its borders, but also has been pushed by Ukraine for being slow with deliveries.
Pelosi did not mention Germany, where she was speaking, in her response.
‘Thank you for your question. And it affords me the opportunity to acknowledge leadership of our President, President Biden. He is personally, on a day to day, hour to hour basis, very concerned about what happens in Ukraine,’ she said, again pointing to $50 billion in support.
We all know people of Ukraine are fighting to preserve not only their democracy, but ours. It’s a small price for us to pay, as I have said, for us as we go about our business and worried about the price of energy and the rest,’ she said.
Pelosi got asked about a Saturday trip to Armenia, where she apparently plans to look into a two-day cease fire after fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
‘It was not known to me that my travel plans were in the public domain. Oh, you overheard me. Oh okay, all right. Well, in any event, tomorrow we will be visiting Armenia, because we’ve had an ongoing invitation from the Armenians,’ she said. She said she wouldn’t discuss the details of her visit.