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Friday, September 19, 2014


September 19, 2014 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s continued refusal to provide military assistance to Ukraine:
“It is shameful that the Administration still refuses to provide Ukraine the military assistance it desperately needs after it has already been dismembered by President Putin and invaded by Russian troops. Ukraine is struggling to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and as President Poroshenko said in his address to Congress, ‘One cannot win the war with blankets.’
“President Obama has tried to justify his refusal to provide Ukraine with defensive weapons by arguing that what happens in Ukraine does not pose a direct threat to the United States. But as President Poroshenko also pointed out this week in Washington, the crisis in Ukraine is about more than just Ukraine. Russia’s aggression threatens the entire global order and the foundations of a Europe whole, free, and at peace, which America and our partners have done so much to achieve since World War II. If we refuse to stand by our principles and values now, not only will the credibility of America’s global leadership be at risk but we will be sending a dangerous message to other dictators and aggressors who think they can bully the free world into submission. The United States has an obligation to the values we hold dear to assist people who are defending their freedom and their countries against the aggression of tyrants. Shame on us if we fail to live up to those values and provide Ukraine the assistance it needs.”

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