McCain calls for action as conflict in Ukraine heats up
Senator McCain calls on Trump to supply Ukraine with anti-tank weapons
McCain stated that the United States and other countries in the free world should &# 171; give Ukraine everything it needs to defend itself&# 187;
Republican Senator John McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, welcomed President Donald Trump’s decision to supply lethal small arms to Ukraine and called for the addition of anti-tank ammunition..
“The decision to authorize the trade in sniper rifles and ammunition should be only the first step. I urge the President to approve additional sales of lethal defense weapons, including anti-tank munitions, ”McCain said..
He also called on the Trump administration to make full use of the $ 350 million military aid package to Ukraine that was approved by the US Congress..
“This decision should have been made years ago, but it was nonetheless made at a critical juncture,” added McCain..
He recalled that Russia refused to participate in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) on a ceasefire in the zone of armed conflict in Donbass, linking this step with the subsequent intensification of hostilities.
“At every stage, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a choice in favor of war, not peace in Ukraine,” McCain said. “And while he continues to make such decisions, the United States and other countries of the free world should give Ukraine everything it needs to defend itself.”.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration approved the first commercial sale of US lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine, which could mark a major change in its policy toward Russia..
US State Department spokesman Heather Neuert told CNN that the Foreign Office notified Congress on December 13 that it had approved an export license, allowing Ukraine to purchase certain light weapons and small arms from US manufacturers..
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