The U.S. is piling on the pressure for Russia to withdraw its troops from the Crimean border with a strongly worded speech from Vice President Joe Biden. In it he said that “no nation has the right to simple grab land from another nation”. This comes as it was announced that the U.S. would be providing $50 million in aid to the under siege Ukraine but warned that with the upcoming elections the country must “fight the cancer of corruption”. Biden also asserted, “We will never recognize Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea and neither will the world."
The funding is aimed at advancing the democratic process, and it will be used to educate voters and provide almost 2,000 long and short term observers in an attempt to ensure the election process is democratic and free. This is only the latest in a series of aid packages that the Obama administration has authorized for the Ukraine including $7 million for health and welfare, $3 million for food and a $1 billion loan guarantee.
The speech was ridiculed by Republican Senator John McCain with the words “Or else what?” McCain is calling for more direct military based support for the Ukrainians such as supplying weapons. McCain explained further, “If they continue to do this, what will we do?” He wants the Obama administration to send light weapons to the Ukrainians. McCain is also highly suspicious as to why we have not helped the Ukrainians as much as we can.
Other words that Biden conveyed included stating, "We call on Russia to stop supporting men hiding behind masks in unmarked uniforms sewing unrest in eastern Ukraine.” Tensions still remain high in the region with Russia showing no sign of pulling back.
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