US interests demand increased support for Ukraine, Condoleezza Rice says

16 January, 10:26 PM
US President Joe Biden during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Washington, December 21 (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

US President Joe Biden during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Washington, December 21 (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

The United States should be more proactive in addressing Ukraine’s military needs, as Washington’s reluctance to contain overseas crises has proven disastrous in the past, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in an interview with VOA on Jan. 13.

According to Rice, the United States should have foreseen Ukraine’s need for more air defense systems before Russia began systematically attacking the country’s power grid in October 2022, “because the only thing left for (Russian dictator) Vladimir Putin was to use terrorist tactics and have missile attacks against Ukrainian civilian centers.”

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“So, let's be ahead of the curve and get Ukraine what it needs,” said Rice.

“The United States has to remember that every time we've waited, in 1914, 1941 and 2001, we've always had to enter. This time around, no one is asking for our troops. The Ukrainians are willing to fight and suffer to sustain an international system in which it is not acceptable to extinguish your smaller neighbor by military force; that is what is at stake here. America has a tremendous interest in sending a lesson to the Russians that it will not be allowed.”

During a visit to Germany on Jan. 16, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said that a Ukrainian defeat could precipitate WWIII, and therefore the West has no reason to delay providing Kyiv with the weapons it needs to repel Moscow’s invasion.

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