McConnell calls for more tools for Ukraine, focusing on air defense

23 October 2022, 03:47 PM
Mitch McConnell (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo)

Mitch McConnell (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo)

U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has called on the Biden administration to step up aid for Ukraine and do it in an “expedited” manner, The Financial Times wrote on Oct. 21.

The US and its allies "need to do more to supply the tools Ukraine needs to thwart Russian aggression,” McConnell was reported as saying.

He mentioned “additional air defenses, long-range fires, and humanitarian and economic support.” The politician called on the Biden administration to speed up this process.

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The Senate Republican leader pledged a Republican-controlled Senate would “focus its oversight on ensuring timely delivery of needed weapons and greater allied assistance to Ukraine.”

However, other Republic Party representatives, including former President Donald Trump, have previously expressed pro-Russian sentiments. On Oct. 18, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy stated that “I think people are going to be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank cheque to Ukraine,” while prominent House Republicans, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene, has previously indicated her belief in a conspiracy theory that alleges the former administration of Barack Obama “overthrew” the pre-Maidan administration of Viktor Yanukovych.

Previously, Biden expressed concern about the prospects for future U.S. aid to Ukraine if Republicans gain control of one or both chambers of Congress. The White House assured that both chambers are ready to support Ukraine until the end of the full-scale war

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