Two U.S. Republican politicians have urged the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden and its allies to urgently transfer to Ukraine the critical weapon systems that the country needs to defeat Russia.
U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) made the call in a statement released on Jan. 18.
“The current hand wringing and hesitation by the Biden administration and some of our European allies in providing critical weapon systems to Ukraine stinks of the weak policies of 2021, such as not sanctioning Nord Stream 2 or providing U.S.-origin Stingers before the full-scale invasion,” reads the statement.
“While those policies failed to deter this conflict, the current indecision and self-deterrence will prolong it – costing Ukrainian lives.”
The Republican politicians stressed that “now is the time for the Biden and Scholz governments to follow the lead of our U.K. and Eastern European allies – Leopard 2 tanks, ATACMS, and other long-range precision munitions should be approved without delay.”
According to U.S. television news channel CNN, the United States is set to finalize a huge military aid package for Ukraine, totalling approximately $2.5 billion worth of weaponry.
The new package will for the first time include Stryker combat vehicles, more armored Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, and mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, known as MRAPs.
However, the announcement is not expected to include tanks or the long-range missiles that Ukraine has repeatedly asked for.