Senators are trying to put pressure on President Obama so he tougher reacts to the events in Ukraine. Despite his paranoia and fear of attack by the West, President Putin is not going to give up the war in the Donbas, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the publication in The Washington Times.
"A bill would send U.S. anti-tank systems and radar equipment with the ability to detect missile threats to the sprawling battlefield in eastern Ukraine and would push the Obama administration to outline a two-year plan for "protecting and defending the Ukrainian people from attacks" by Russian-backed separatists," the article writes.
The bill presented by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, Texas Republican, and ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Smith of Washington State is aimed to make it clear to Putin that if he does not agree to a diplomatic solution, he will receive the consequences of a military nature.
"Introducing legislation now will help, we hope, the German and French effort to negotiate a settlement by demonstrating to Russia that future success might not be so easy and that their future costs will increase," said Michael Amato, a spokesman for Mr. Smith.
Senator Angus King, in his turn, said that all this involves a certain chess game with Russia, and therefore it is necessary to think two or three moves ahead.
"And my concern is that,
a) Russia has a historic paranoia about encroachment from the West;
b) Putin probably wouldn't mind a manageable little war in Ukraine right now to take the people's minds off of the domestic problems," the senator said.
At the same time, many senators noted that the United States might pay dearly for inaction. After all, if the United States refrains from supplying arms to Ukraine, it will open the door for Putin's military pressure on other neighboring countries.