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Rep. Ted Poe: Ukraine Needs Arms, Obama Sends Canned Food

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 10:26 AM

With Russian separatists making a play for new territory in eastern Ukraine, it's past time for the United States to provide military aid to the Ukrainians, Texas Rep. Ted Poe said Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"The United States has sent them some canned food, that's not very good against the Russian invasion," Poe said. "They want to defend their own country and sovereignty against the Russian invasion.

"We should help them do that. Not send troops, but send them military aid to fight back the Russian bear as they have moved across first Crimea and now in eastern Ukraine so they can defend themselves."

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The U.S. and the West sat back and allowed Russia to take Crimea, Poe said, and a third of Georgia, which Russian President Vladimir Putin has been allowed to keep.

"I don't know if the president realizes that Putin's aggression is intent upon re-establishing the Russian empire, not even the former Soviet Union," Poe said, adding that it's "very difficult to get the president's attention on this issue."

"The president has to understand as a world leader that there's aggression in the world and either we're going to do something to help those countries, or we're not going to do something. He's trying to have it both ways right now.

"Most members of the House think we should help Ukraine. They're not going to be the last country that Putin will move toward."

It's not going to be an easy task, he said.

"Putin is very confident. The Russian people support him overwhelmingly in his aggressive mood in Europe. The West says, let's have peace. Putin's idea of peace is he keeps the territory that the Russians have already conquered. That would be his idea of a diplomatic solution.

"No one's even talking about giving back the land that he's taken," Poe said. "The United States seems to be dealing with this with not the best interest of Ukraine or the West. Maybe we'll allow the Russians to have land they've already taken."

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With Russian separatists making a play for new territory in eastern Ukraine, it's past time for the United States to provide military aid to the Ukrainians, Texas Rep. Ted Poe said Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."
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