Biden admin: Time for another suspension of aid to Ukraine

Biden admin: Time for another suspension of aid to Ukraine
France 24 video, YouTube

[Ed. – This time it’s righteous, I guess, or at least “pragmatic” in a sense that appeals to Democrats.  Trump’s suspension in 2019 was impeachably sick and demented, however.  The new suspension was ordered for an NSC-assembled package of military aid the day before the Biden-Putin meeting in Geneva.  Russia still has some 80,000-100,000 extra troops deployed to Ukraine’s border, after the buildup and partial drawdown earlier in 2021.  Since the aid isn’t in process of delivery, it’s not clear what the point of freezing it for the summit was.  A smarter negotiating tactic would be to leave it in place and let Putin bring it up if he wants to bargain us down from it.]

The Biden White House has temporarily halted a military aid package to Ukraine that would include lethal weapons, a plan originally made in response to aggressive Russian troop movements along Ukraine’s border this spring.

The aid package would be worth up to $100 million, according to four people familiar with internal deliberations.

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Trending: The key supporting effort appears to be underway on Trump’s operational timeline

Key items under consideration for the package include short-range air defense systems, small arms and more anti-tank weapons, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. …

The Pentagon has approved two aid packages to Ukraine this year alone, totaling $275 million. The first, in March, added two more armed Mark VI patrol boats to the Ukrainian fleet, part of a larger, $600 million deal for 16 of the boats signed in 2020.

The package included 32 Seahawk A2 gun systems and dozens of 30mm cannons for the shallow-water boats, which gives them offensive power.

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