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The White House said on Monday that the United States would continue to provide security and economic aid to Ukraine, even amid “empty threats” from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who warned of “unexpected consequences”.
Russia last week warned the United States and NATO to stop sending “sensitive” weapons or risk “unforeseen consequences” to Ukraine.
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Asked on Monday what the Biden administration believes there could be Russian “consequences” of threatening Russians, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said: “We are not going to comment.”
“I’m not going to speculate on empty threats by President Putin or the Russian leadership,” Saki said during a White House press briefing on Monday. “What we’ve done is exactly what the president said we’d do from the beginning.”
Saki said it was to provide “important security support, economic aid and assistance to the Ukrainian people”.
“And we will continue to do exactly that,” said Saki.
The threat from Russia came after President Biden informed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week that the United States was authorizing an additional $800 million in arms, ammunition and other security aid to the country because it was Russia’s multilateralist. -Front fights to defend itself against war.
Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Chris Koons, D-Del., said over the weekend that the US military may need to send troops to aid Ukraine.
The president has said he will not send US troops to Ukraine in the midst of Russia’s multi-front war against the country, and will, instead, continue to send military and economic aid.
Asked about Koons’ comments, Psaki on Monday called him a “close friend of the president and administration,” but said he “respectfully disagrees with his proposal.”
“The president has no plans to send troops to fight a war with Russia,” Saki said. “They don’t think it’s in our national security interests – in the interest of the American people – and so our focus has clearly been to provide Ukrainians with this historic amount of security aid, military aid, weapons that have helped. They also fight this war and financial aid effectively.”
“That has been our strategic focus,” Saki said. “Of course, we support the Ukrainians in every possible way, but the president is not going to fight a war with Russia.”
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Last month, the Biden administration sent a security package with 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems; 2,000 javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems; 100 unmanned drones; 100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns and 400 shotguns; more than 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenade launchers and mortar rounds; 25,000 sets of body armor; and 25,000 helmets. The equipment was transferred directly from the Defense Department to the Ukrainian Army.
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Security aid to Ukraine continues unabated, with senior US defense officials telling Fox News last week that “everything we are doing with respect to Ukraine is being accelerated – everything.”
The Biden administration earlier this month announced $300 million in security aid and fatality aid, up from the $800 million authorized earlier in March. An additional $300 million in aid is expected to be used to buy weapons from defense contractors, an official said.
The aid was warned by US defense officials that a Russian convoy appears to be reinforcing its efforts in the Donbass.
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Zelensky said in a statement on Monday that the battle for the Donbass had begun.
“No matter how many soldiers are there, we will defend ourselves,” Zelensky said on Monday. “We will fight. We Ukrainians will leave nothing.”