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Mike Turner: The U.S. says 'no' three times to every type of weapon before providing it to Ukraine

03 Dec, 2023
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Mike Turner: The U.S. says 'no' three times to every type of weapon before providing it to Ukraine

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The issues regarding American funding for Ukraine's needs in the battle against Russian aggression were discussed recently in Washington during a discussion at the "Atlantic Council," where the moderator was the Chairman of the U.S. Congress Intelligence Committee, Republican Mike Turner, as reported by Voice of America.

The problem with financing Ukraine's support lies, in particular, in the administration's inability to "formulate a plan for success," notes Mike Turner, the Chairman of the U.S. Congress Intelligence Committee. In Congress, according to the politician, lawmakers do not have answers regarding the further development of events, methods to achieve goals, and what the actual goals of the U.S. are.

Furthermore, according to Turner, Ukraine's leadership is burdened with the idea that the American people have about billions of dollars that never actually reached Ukraine. He personally discussed this matter with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. These are funds that were effectively used in the U.S. to replenish their own defense reserves or support allies.

"It seems that the administration has to publicly say 'no' to Ukraine three times for each weapons system before finally recognizing the need for it and providing it. And then it takes another six months for [Ukrainians] to receive it," emphasized Turner.

He also identified the "real stumbling block" and reasons for delays in Congress voting on support for Ukraine.

According to him, Republican colleagues are waiting for the U.S. administration to acknowledge the "failure of its policy regarding the southern borders." Therefore, in Congress, they strongly link this issue to providing funding to Ukraine, expecting not only money for the needs of the American border but also changes in state policy regarding it as a whole.

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