Washington should remove Russia from SWIFT system and provide weapons to Ukraine - US senators McCain and Graham


American senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham call the White House to “immediately” authorize the shipment of U.S. weapons to the Ukrainian military after the failure of the Minsk agreements.

As reported by Censor.NET citing The Washington Times, both senators agree that the cease-fire agreement made in Minsk has failed. They believe Russia should be punished by being removed from the SWIFT payment system.

"With more than 5,000 Ukrainians killed and many more wounded, it is long past time to provide defensive weapons to Ukraine and to impose additional sanctions and costs that can change Putin's behavior, including the removal of Russia from the SWIFT financial system. President Obama should do so immediately, rather than hide behind a failed attempt to negotiate with an aggressor when conditions on the ground render diplomacy ineffective.

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"It is inexcusable to adhere to a failed cease-fire agreement as Russia and its Ukrainian proxies escalate their uncompromising siege of Debaltseve," the senators said, in reference to ongoing shelling of the eastern Ukrainian town by Moscow-backed separatists despite a cease-fire that was supposed to have gone into effect Sunday.

"Western leaders say there is no military solution to the conflict in Ukraine," the senators said. "Vladimir Putin clearly does not think so. He continues his aggression, and in the absence of greater Western support for Ukrainian forces, a Russian-imposed military solution is exactly what will continue to unfold in Ukraine, just as it has in parts of Georgia and Moldova," the joint statement of the senators reads.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n325121