Sen. Ayotte wants U.S. military aid for Ukraine
The bill would expand economic sanctions by targeting individuals involved in last month’s annexation of the Ukraine state of Crimea by Russia, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as several Russian banks, energy suppliers and a Russian arms dealer.
The bill comes one month after Ayotte visited the troubled region. The bill authorizes Obama to provide up to $100 million in small arms anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine, but Ayotte said senators sponsoring the bill do not advocate a U.S. military “boots on the ground” approach.
The bill, though, may have a tough road, as the White House has already indicated in media reports that it would reserve such sanctions if Russia engages in more severe actions.
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