Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul Criticizes Biden for Rejecting Ukraine’s Missile Request

The US ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama criticized President Biden on Sunday for his refusal to provide Ukraine with an advanced missile system that could reach Moscow.

Former ambassador Michael McFaul, who is also an analyst for MSNBC, called Biden’s approach “a losing strategy” when asked about a tweet you posted which said: “Not arming Ukraine prolongs the war”.

McFaul told MSNBC host Katy Tur that there have been tense debates within the Biden administration about how to proceed with the deadly conflict.

He suggested signing a formal agreement with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to send more weapons as long as Ukraine agrees not to use them in Russia.

“Sign a formal agreement that says ‘We will not use these weapons in Russia,’” McFaul explained. “I think it’s a better solution than sitting in Washington and trying to modulate and calculate exactly what we want the Ukrainians to do on the battlefield.

“And number two, this escalation threat, we’ve been talking about this for over three months. We keep hearing we do this, we do that, we do this, we do that. [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin is going to climb. And yet, what is the evidence all about? If the escalation is going to take place inside Ukraine, shouldn’t we trust that the Ukrainians know their security interests better than we do?

Former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Biden’s decision not to send missiles is “a losing strategy” that will prolong the war in Ukraine.
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Reports last week indicated that the White House was preparing to send long-range systems to Ukraine as Russia persists in its brutal invasion that began more than three months ago on February 24.

On Monday, Biden told reporters, “We are not going to send Ukraine rocket systems that can hit Russia,” after returning to the White House from Delaware, denying Zelensky’s request for multiple launch rocket systems as well. such as high mobility artillery rockets. Systems.

While other foreign leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have spoken out in favor of providing the rocket systems, US officials fear the delivery could further escalate the conflict.

US President Joe Biden attends the Quad Leaders Summit on May 24, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan.
Biden shut down reports that the White House was preparing to send long-range systems to Ukraine.
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McFaul, visibly frustrated, said online that not arming Ukraine is “a losing strategy.”

“I just think it’s a losing strategy,” said McFaul, who sounded nervous. “There will only be one ending to this war in three different scenarios. One, Putin conquers all of Ukraine. Two, Ukraine pushes Russia out of Ukraine. Or three, there is a deadlock on the battlefield. For me, option two and option three are the ones that we should support and the way to do that is to give the Ukrainians what they need to achieve one of those two results.”

McFaul was furious in March after comparing Putin to Adolf Hiter when he claimed that not even Hitler killed ethnic Germans or German-speakers, while Putin bombed Russian-speakers living in Ukraine during the ongoing war.

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