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Rubio: Let's arm Ukraine



In an opinion piece published this evening at, Sen. Marco Rubio contends that steps the Obama administration has taken against Putin do not go far enough. Among his recommendations: Arm Ukraine.

"I welcome the fact that Vice President Biden is in the region this week to bring a message of reassurance to our allies and partners. I hope those assurances include a specific and clear response to requests by Georgia and Ukraine for lethal military support from the United States. It is shameful that even as Russia attempts to carve up Ukrainian territory, Ukraine’s request for weapons, intelligence sharing and other assistance has been turned down by the Obama administration. We also need to deploy additional military assets and even U.S. personnel to our allies, including Poland and the Baltic states," Rubio writes.

Biden has already threatened U.S. military action if Russia's aggression spreads to NATO allies.

"I hope that events this week and Russia’s unrelenting aggression will lead Congress to move quickly next week to pass an assistance package to Ukraine and tough sanctions on Russia," Rubio writes. "Although I remain concerned by the proposed IMF reforms included in the legislation, the need to send a strong bipartisan message of solidarity to the people of Ukraine and a statement of resolve to Moscow far outweighs any misgivings I and others might have."

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 10:00pm]


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