In a speech on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden urged members of Congress to support supplemental funding for Ukraine before the Christmas holidays, after which lawmakers will no longer convene this year, declaring that if Putin takes over Ukraine, American troops will be fighting Russian troops in the event of an attack on a NATO ally.
Source: European Pravda
Details: Biden said that approval of additional aid to Ukraine "cannot wait": "Congress needs to pass supplemental funding for Ukraine before they break for the holiday recess. It's as simple as that."
The US president said that by refusing to do this, Congress "is willing to give Putin the greatest gift he could hope for". He recalled Russia's war crimes in Ukraine, from the abduction of children to the destruction of civilian infrastructure.
Quote: "If Putin takes Ukraine, he won’t stop there. It’s important to see the long run here. He is going to keep going. He’s made that pretty clear.
If Putin attacks a NATO ally, and we’ve committed, as a NATO member, to defend every inch of NATO territory, then we’ll have something that we don’t seek, and that we don’t have today - American troops fighting Russian troops."
More details: The US president stressed that the US can’t let Russia win, and its failure to help Ukraine "clearly strengthens Putin's position".
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