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 Trump administration should increase aid to Ukraine, - Aslund

Instead of cutting support for Ukraine, the U.S. should increase it and act quickly.

Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, wrote in his article for The Hill, Censor.NET reports.

The expert describes the situation that Ukraine faced after Donald Trump took office as the U.S. president. He recalls how the Kremlin celebrated the Trump victory and how the Russian military stepped up the number of attacks in the Donbas. In addition, Aslund talks about "peace plans" for Ukraine, including that of Radical Party lawmaker Andrii Artemenko, who offered to lease Crimea to Russia for 50-100 years.

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"So what does the U.S. government do in this dramatic situation? Nothing! The White House had said nothing. Nor has the State Department. Only the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has made some protests. Worse, the Trump administration is considering cutting U.S. military supplies to Ukraine from $350 million this year to $150 million next budget year.

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"The only forces that stand up for Ukraine are a few brave senators from both parties, " Aslund says.

According to him, this vacuum of U.S. policy on Ukraine is extremely dangerous.

"The Trump administration is throwing one of the friendliest and most pro-American countries in the world under the bus, to no discernible benefit to the United States. This is not policy. It is madness. Rather than cut support for Ukraine, the United States should increase it and act fast," Aslund concluded.
 
 
 
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