House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) is joining House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) in calling on the Biden administration to send critical weapon systems to Ukraine that they believe are needed for the country to defeat Russia.
“The current handwringing and hesitation by the Biden administration and some of our European allies in providing critical weapon systems to Ukraine stinks of the weak policies of 2021…" Chairman @RepMikeRogersAL & Chairman @RepMcCaul.
— Armed Services GOP (@HASCRepublicans) January 18, 2023
While the U.S. and its European allies continue to send weapons and aid to Ukraine, there has been a reluctance to send other weapons systems including heavy tanks.
“The current handwringing and hesitation by the Biden administration and some of our European allies in providing critical weapon systems to Ukraine stinks of the weak policies of 2021, such as not sanctioning Nord Stream 2 or providing U.S.-origin Stingers before the full-scale invasion,” Rogers and McCaul said in a press release While those policies failed to deter this conflict, the current indecision and self-deterrence will prolong it – costing Ukrainian lives.”
The congressmen believe these modern weapon systems should be sent to the Ukrainians as soon as possible.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is in talks with allies about sending the tanks, but nothing has been agreed on yet.
“Now is the time for the Biden and Scholz governments to follow the lead of our U.K. and Eastern European allies – Leopard 2 tanks, ATACMS, and other long-range precision munitions should be approved without delay,” the congressmen said.