Graham: US to help develop Ukrainian air defense, modernize Navy, supply Javelins
By Interfax-Ukraine. Published Sept. 6
The United States will strive to increase air defense capabilities, help modernize Ukraine’s Navy, and provide Ukraine with Javelin anti-tank missile systems, U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (Republican Party, South Carolina) has said.
At a briefing following a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Monday, Graham said that the United States’ signal is that they agree with those who say America needs to do more, and they will do more. The United States will strive to increase Ukraine’s potential for air defense capabilities, help modernize the Ukrainian Navy as well as try to provide more Javelins. The United States is going to increase the price that Russia will pay for its aggression.
He said the United States does not want the conflict but wants to reach a diplomatic solution. Graham said that the only language that Vladimir Putin understands is the language of power. The United States hopes to make Ukraine stronger militarily and economically. According to the senator, the best thing that can happen between the United States and Ukraine is an agreement on the creation of a free economic area between the two countries.
The senator said the meeting between U.S. President Joseph Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Oval Office last week was a strong signal of the importance of our relationship because it happened during the Afghan crisis. After what happened in Afghanistan, it is important to show that America is a reliable ally for Ukraine. The best way to do this is to strongly support Ukraine, providing the assistance to preserve Ukraine’s freedom, and send a signal to Putin that Ukraine will never return under his yoke.
The delegation headed by Lindsay Graham (Republican from South Carolina) was attended by Senators John Barrasso (Republican from Wyoming), Ben Sasse (Republican from Nebraska), Tommy Tuberville (Republican from Alabama), and Congressman William Timmons (Republican from South Carolina). They met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.