Senator asking U.S. President Trump to expand military support for Ukraine in form of lethal assistance
U.S. Senator and member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee James M. Inhofe has sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump encouraging him to approve defensive lethal assistance for Ukraine, the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States has reported.
The Embassy wrote on its Facebook page, referring to a report of Inhofe on his Twitter page, that the senator said that the U.S. Senate recently passed the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act which particularly authorizes the provision of assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $350 million.
In its letter Senator Inhofe recalled about the address of a bipartisan group of 27 senators made early 2017 in the president's transition process and requested Trump to expand military support for Ukraine, particularly in the form of long-overdue defensive lethal assistance, the Embassy said.
Inhofe said that the military land-grab Russia has launched in Ukraine is unprecedented in modern European history.
"Since then, Russia's continued aggression and repeated refusal to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity warrants a strong response from those of us who respect the rules-based international order. Our response should include lethal military hardware as part of a broader effort to help Ukrainian defend themselves and deter future aggression," the Embassy said, citing the letter of Inhofe.
Senator Inhofe said that he has visited Ukraine twice this year to support the mission of Oklakhoma's National Guard training Ukrainian forces. Both trips have brought into stark relief the gravity of the situation there.
"We appreciate support of friends of Ukraine in the U.S. Senate," the Ukrainian Embassy wrote.