The U.S. House of Representatives adopted the amendments to the law "On defense spending," according to which it is forbidden to provide the Azov volunteer battalion with assistance and deliver portable anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine. It is reported by the press service of John Conyers, the Congressman from the Democratic Party and the initiator of the amendments, Joinfo.ua reports.
"I am grateful that the House of Representatives unanimously passed my amendments last night to ensure that our military does not train members of the repulsive neo-Nazi Azov Battalion," Conyers said.
The press service of the Congressman claims that the Azov Battalion was founded on the basis of a racist organization.
Conyers thanked the Congressmen for adoption of the amendments, which prohibit the supply of Man-Portable-Air-Defense Systems (MANPADS) to Iraq and Ukraine as "unstable regions".
"If there's one simple lesson we can take away from US involvement in conflicts overseas, it's this: Beware of unintended consequences. As was made vividly clear with U.S. involvement in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion decades ago, overzealous military assistance or the hyper-weaponization of conflicts can have destabilizing consequences and ultimately undercut our own national interests," Conyers said.
He believes that the MANPADS can fall into the hands of radical groups in Ukraine, which "would unquestionably increase the already-devastating human toll in both of these volatile regions."