Before Biden and Putin met in Geneva, the White House halted shipment of $100 million. Weapons for Ukraine – Politico portal reports on Friday. The package was supposed to be a reaction to the stationing of Russian forces on the borders of Ukraine. “Someone might say that this is a policy based on appeasing Russia,” – says the interlocutor in the US Parliament in the US Congress.
According to a portal that cites sources in the Joe Biden administration, As military assistance, Washington had to deploy short-range air defense systems, anti-tank weapons and small arms. The package was ready and ready to ship, but was eventually halted by a decision of the National Security Council before the meeting in Geneva and after Russia partially withdrew its forces. The exact date of the decision was not mentioned.
As noted by the portal, despite Moscow’s statement in May about the withdrawal of troops, a significant part of the equipment brought by Russia and the troops sent to the border regions and Crimea remained in place, possibly in connection with the planned Zapad-21 exercises. for the fall season.
Ahead of the Geneva summit, the Biden administration’s actions were criticized by members of Congress from the Parliamentary Group on Ukraine, who expressed concern about the $25 million cut. Another aid package for Kiev worth 250 million. A few days later, the day before the summit, the Pentagon approved a new $150 million defense aid package, which, however, did not include offensive weapons. Instead, they will be sent, among other things, radars to track artillery shells and drones.
This temporarily suspended package would be in addition to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which mainly included non-lethal equipment. I think this decision tells us that The administration is recalibrating its Ukraine policy, based on Russia’s behavior. Someone might say that this is a policy of appeasing Russia – PAP told an adviser to the Democratic members of Congress from the Parliamentary Group on Ukraine. Sending a lethal weapon has always been a difficult topic for people (former US Democratic President Barack Obama), so it seems to be a return to that policy – He adds.
The issue of military aid to Ukraine – it was at the time for Javelin anti-tank missiles – was also at the center of the scandal that led to the impeachment of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. He was then supposed to order the arms shipment to be suspended, and put pressure on Kiev to begin investigations into Joe Biden and his son Hunter..