The Trump administration is expected to approve a sale of weapons to the Ukraine. The deal will include the Javelin antitank missiles which the Ukraine has sought to acquire for some time to counter Russian tanks. The deal is estimated to be about 47 million dollars and will include 210 antitank missiles and 35 launchers. If President Trump signs off on the deal it will trigger a 30 day review process by congress. It is expected that congress will have little problem with the deal as there is bipartisan support for helping the Ukraine.
In a statement, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told ABC News,
“The United States has decided to provide Ukraine enhanced defensive capabilities as part of our effort to help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity, to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to deter further aggression. U.S. assistance is entirely defensive in nature, and as we have always said, Ukraine is a sovereign country and has a right to defend itself. The United States remains committed to the Minsk agreements as the way forward in eastern Ukraine. We have no further comment, at this time.”
Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, issued a statement in response to the deal. “The United States in a certain sense crossed the line, announcing the intention to transfer weapons of direct damaging action to Ukraine,” the statement said. He added, “American weapons can lead to new victims in our neighboring country, to which we cannot remain indifferent.” Given Russia’s response, the question comes to mind: Should we be selling weapons to the Ukraine?
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Should the United States sell weapons to the Ukraine? Is this action by the United States long overdue? Or, has this sale brought us closer to war and disaster?