Pompeo: It’s President Trump who chose to send defensive weapon systems to Ukraine

03:02, 23 September 2019

He also confirmed a meeting between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky this week.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that it is U.S. President Donald Trump who chose to send defensive weapon systems to Ukraine. “As for appropriate action, I’ve watched the president engage with the Ukrainian leadership. I listened to conversations.

I remember the previous administration refusing to send defensive weapon systems to Ukraine. This president has chosen to do that not once, not twice, but now three times, so that the Ukraine people could fight back against the overtaking of southeast Ukraine. You remember, it was the previous administration that allowed Vladimir Putin to take one fifth of the Ukrainian country,” he told John Roberts of Fox News Sunday on September 22.

What is more, he says talks on military aid to Ukraine were always “100 percent appropriate.” “I’ve watched this president evaluate how and when and to the extent we should provide support to Ukraine, both defense assistance and other foreign assistance, we’ve been at the center of that.

Those conversations have always been 100 percent appropriate, 100 percent lawful, and 100 percent ensuring that the American taxpayers were protected, that we put those resources to good use and we’ve got good outcomes in Ukraine when we used American taxpayer dollars to support the Ukrainian leadership – every single time,” he said. He also confirmed a meeting between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky this week. “We’re going to see President Zelensky this week,” he said.

(C) UNIAN 2019

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3 comments

  • So has the $250m been sent, or is it still being held back, pending Zel’s decision on whether to investigate Biden Jr or not?
    Why not nationalise Burisma and lock up its putlerite owner?

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    • $141 million so far. It’s for the fiscal year which starts at the end of the month.

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      • Nothing like enough but better than nix. It would be useful to know how Biden Jr was appointed to Burisma in April 2014 when Ukraine was being invaded? Also Pompeo stated that 20% of Ukraine is occupied. That figure is correct for Georgia but for Ukr it is 7%. He correctly says that Obama allowed that to happen but does not outline what his administration would have done.

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