Biden can provide weapons to Ukraine bypassing Congress, but shifts responsibility to Republicans - Feygin
Russian opposition politician Mark Feygin says that the delay in aid to Ukraine is also a favourable moment for the Biden administration
He said this in an interview with Anton Borkovskyi, host of the Studio West program on Espreso TV.
"For a democratic administration, the delay in aid to Ukraine is also a very favourable moment. Because Biden has the opportunity to provide weapons and military assistance to Ukraine from the Pentagon budget, regardless of the decision of Congress. But what does he say? Biden is saying: no, we will not do this, let the Republicans bear all the responsibility. If they refuse to allocate these 60 billion, then let them be responsible for everything. That is, it is a kind of game on the Democrats' part," Feygin said.
According to him, there is a line within the US Democratic administration that is aimed at forcing Ukraine to negotiate with Moscow through concessions.
"To give up this 20% of the territory and get who knows what, there are no parameters for possible negotiations with Moscow that would be beneficial to Ukraine. We don't know, because the preconditions for the liberation of the occupied territories are rejected by Moscow right out of the gate. And in general, the West is also calmly reacting to this ultimatum from Moscow," Feygin said.
The Russian opposition politician suggested that for the Democrats and Biden, delaying aid to Ukraine is a very convenient position.
"In which Biden will say: I'm ready to help, I even made concessions on the borders, I'm ready for a wall on the Mexican border, but they don't want to, you see how the Republicans behave - in an ultimatum manner. So, for some part of Biden's entourage, giving him extra points, it is beneficial to present it in such a way that the problem is only with the Republicans. Of course, the game is more complicated. And a clear conclusion: Ukraine has become a hostage to the US election campaign. And it's likely to stay that way until November. We are already in February, with at least six months left. But sooner or later, it has to end," Feygin added.
The bill still needs to be approved in essence by at least 60 members of the US Senate after debate.
- On February 8, the US Senate approved a procedural decision on aid to Ukraine.