Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul Slams Biden for Rejecting Ukraine Missile Request

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

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

McFaul told MSNBC anchor Katy Tur that there were tense debates within the Biden administration over 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 pledges not to use them in Russia.

“Sign a formal agreement that we will not use these weapons in Russia,” McFaul explained. “I think that’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 threat of escalation, we’ve been talking about it for over three months. We keep hearing we do this, we do that, we do this, we do that – [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin will escalate. And yet, what is the evidence about? If the escalation is to take place inside Ukraine, shouldn’t we trust the Ukrainians to know their security interests better than we do? »

Former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Biden’s choice 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’re not going to send rocket systems to Ukraine that can hit Russia,” after returning to the White House from Delaware – denying Zelensky’s request for multiple launch systems (MLRS ) as well as high mobility. Artillery rocket systems (HIMARS).

While other foreign leaders – such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – have come out in favor of supplying 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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A visibly frustrated McFaul said not arming Ukraine is “a losing strategy”, on the network.

“I just think it’s a losing strategy,” said McFaul, who sounded flustered. “There will only be an end to this war in three different scenarios. First, Putin conquers all of Ukraine. Second, Ukraine is pushing Russia out of Ukraine. Or three, there is a stalemate on the battlefield. For me, option two and option three are the ones we should support and the way you do that is to give Ukrainians what they need to achieve one of those two outcomes.

McFaul took heat in March after comparing Putin to Adolf Hiter when he claimed not even Hitler killed ethnic Germans or German speakers while Putin bombed Russian speakers living in Ukraine during the war In progress.


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