House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggested on Sunday that Russia would not have invaded Ukraine if the United States had supplied arms to kyiv sooner.
“It’s going to get louder and harder and what really needs to happen is that Ukraine doesn’t ask American men and women to fight. All they ask for is weapons to defend themselves. McCarthy told Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent Mike Emanuel on “Fox News Sunday.”
“If we had taken these steps sooner instead of waiting until after Russia invaded, they probably never would have invaded if we had done it sooner,” he added.
He later said that sending weapons to Ukraine earlier could have saved thousands of lives.
“Ukraine was hungry to be able to defend itself. If we had moved the weapons to Ukraine sooner, so they could defend themselves, it would have saved thousands of lives and probably Putin’s decision not to enter,” he said. said McCarthy.
The claim came during the seventh week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24.
The Biden administration has provided Ukraine more than $3.2 billion in security assistance, including $2.6 billion since the invasion began.
This aid includes anti-tank weapons, unmanned drones, small arms, ammunition and defense equipment.
On Sunday, McCarthy also criticized the administration for rejecting Poland’s proposal to transfer MiG-29 fighter jets to a US air base in Germany, which would then fly to Ukraine to help its forces fight Russia.
The Pentagon ultimately declared the proposal untenable.
“The president denied Ukraine and Poland for supplying MiGs to Ukraine for protection during an overflight. This is all bad action going forward,” McCarthy said.
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