Days After Putin Summit, Trump Admin Aids Ukraine, Trashes Russia Proposal Days After Putin Summit, Trump Admin Aids Ukraine, Trashes Russia Proposal – NTK Network

Days After Putin Summit, Trump Admin Aids Ukraine, Trashes Russia Proposal

The Russian president proposed holding a referendum in eastern Ukraine. The White House rejected that call, while the Defense Department sent $200 million in aid to Ukraine.

By NTK Staff | 07.20.2018 @3:30pm
Days After Putin Summit, Trump Admin Aids Ukraine, Trashes Russia Proposal

Despite the friendly atmosphere at a press conference between Presidents Trump and Putin, the administration forged ahead in defending Ukraine from Russian aggression Friday with two major moves.

First, the White House, according to Reuters, shot down a proposal for a referendum in eastern Ukraine from Putin. The Russian president asked Trump to back a referendum in the eastern part of Ukraine, which is currently embroiled in a war between Russia-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government.

The White House said the potential vote had “no legitimacy,” rejecting the request:

“The administration is not considering supporting a referendum in the eastern Ukraine,” said Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

He added: “To organize a so-called referendum in a part of Ukraine which is not under government control would have no legitimacy.”

Russia organized a referendum (widely regarded as a sham election) in Crimea to justify its annexation of the formerly Ukrainian peninsula.

Then, according to CNN’s Ryan Browne, the Defense Department sent $200 million in military aid to Ukraine. The aid will not include lethal weaponry, Browne reported, but the materials will nonetheless undoubtedly help Ukrainian forces in their battle against Russian aggression.

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