Durbin, Ayotte want military aid for Ukraine
By AUSTIN WRIGHT |
3/23/14 11:24 AM EDT
Sens. Dick Durbin and Kelly Ayotte backed military aid to Ukraine in separate interviews Sunday.
Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, said the Ukrainian military needs “everything from fuel to tires to sleeping bags to meals.” The Illinois senator, recently back from a trip to Ukraine, also said he wouldn’t rule out sending “small arms.”
“We’ve got to strengthen them and help them with advice and backing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ayotte said on the same show the U.S. should look at sending communications equipment and other assistance to the Ukrainian military. The New Hampshire Republican, who’s currently in Ukraine, said the U.S. should also look at imposing sanctions on the entire financial sector in Russia.
“It’s so important that we take actions to deter further Russian aggression against the Ukrainian people,” said Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
She doesn’t support sending in U.S. troops, she said, and noted the Ukrainians aren’t “asking for that.”