Fringe U.S. lawmakers urge Biden to halt military aid to Ukraine

21 April, 06:34 PM
Flags of the U.S. and Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Flags of the U.S. and Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

A small group of fringe Republican lawmakers wrote a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden on April 20 criticizing military aid to Ukraine in its current format.

Signed by 19 U.S. representatives, the letter parrots many Russian propaganda narratives, including dismissing Ukraine’s sovereignty by labeling the conflict a “proxy war” between Russia and the United States.

Supporter of former U.S. President Donald Trump and conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene is among the signatories.

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The letter states that “the current strategy of sanctions and drawn-out aid will only prolong the conflict, leading to escalation and more violence.”

The representatives claim that “unrestrained U.S. aid for Ukraine must come to an end, and we will adamantly oppose all future aid packages unless they are linked to a clear diplomatic strategy designed to bring this war to a rapid conclusion.”

They argue that with every new aid package and every new weapon provided to Ukraine, the risk of direct conflict with Russia escalates.

“Russian tolerance for fighting a proxy war with NATO could run out at any point,” the letter says.

The representatives believe that the decision to issue High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to Ukraine last June is seen as a serious provocation, given the enhanced capabilities these weapons afford.

They argue that “financing foreign wars” costs American taxpayers and depletes the U.S. military stockpile, while also bringing Russia and China closer together.

The fringe U.S. lawmakers strongly urge Biden “to advocate for a negotiated peace between the two sides, bringing this awful conflict to a close.”

The United States has repeatedly emphasized that both the Republican and Democratic parties strongly support the continued provision of military aid to Ukraine.

U.S. President Joe Biden said that the United States would help Ukraine as long as is necessary to win.

On Sept. 30, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the impossibility of negotiating with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin after his attempt to annex additional Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories.

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