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Biden Praises Trump for Giving Weapons to Ukraine

The former vice president lauded Trump for his "wise decision" in helping Ukraine resist the Russians.

By NTK Staff | 01.23.2018 @2:05pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden praised President Trump’s “wise decision” to provide the Ukrainian military with lethal weaponry at a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on Tuesday.

The Trump administration approved the sale of weapons to the besieged country in late December, taking action against the Russian incursion into the former Soviet state. Per Josh Rogin of The Washington Post:

Administration officials confirmed that the State Department this month approved a commercial license authorizing the export of Model M107A1 Sniper Systems, ammunition, and associated parts and accessories to Ukraine, a sale valued at $41.5 million. These weapons address a specific vulnerability of Ukrainian forces fighting a Russian-backed separatist movement in two eastern provinces. There has been no approval to export the heavier weapons the Ukrainian government is asking for, such as Javelin antitank missiles.

Biden told the CFR gathering that he had supported such a move during the Obama administration, which then-President Obama refused to take.

“I was pushing that for two years before we left [the White House],” he said.

The former vice president argued that raising the number of casualties that return to Russia from the war in Ukraine would increase “the cost” for Moscow. The rising Russian dead in the war could force the Kremlin to submit to public demands to end their direct support of the Donbass rebels.

Russia continues to deny their involvement in the Ukrainian war, but their overt invasion of Crimea and the continued stream of dead Russian soldiers from Ukraine tell a different story.

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