US SENATOR MCCAIN BLASTS WHITE HOUSE OVER REPORT US DENIED UKRAINE MILITARY AID REQUEST

FoxNews on March 13, 2014, reported that Republican Sen. John McCain is blasting the Obama administration after a report claimed the White House is denying the Ukrainian government’s request for military aid. Excerpts below:

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration declined the request for arms, ammunition and intelligence support over concerns that doing so would increase tensions with Russia.

Officials told the Wall Street Journal the U.S. is engaged in a delicate balancing act of supporting Ukraine’s interim government while also attempting to not further antagonize Russia. They did not rule out future military support.

“It’s not a forever ‘no,’ it’s a ‘no for now,'” a senior U.S. official told the Wall Street Journal.

McCain said in a statement the same day he found the administration’s reluctance to provide the support to Ukraine “deeply disturbing,” saying the U.S. should not be “imposing an arms embargo on a victim of aggression.”

“Now is the time to show the Ukrainian government and people that the United States stands with them in their hour of greatest need,” he said.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk told the U.N. Security Council he is convinced Russians don’t want war, and urged Russia’s leaders to heed the people’s wishes and return to dialogue with Ukraine.

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