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    US Should Arm Ukraine Within NATO Alliance Context – General Dempsey

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    US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey said that the United States should consider providing Ukraine with lethal defensive military aid in coordination with other NATO members.

    The United States should consider providing Ukraine with lethal defensive military aid in coordination with other NATO members, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey told the US Senate on Tuesday.

    “I think we should absolutely consider providing lethal aid and it ought to be in the context of our NATO allies,” Dempsey said at the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

    “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s ultimate objective is cracking NATO,” Dempsey stated in response to a question regarding arming Ukraine.

    Dempsey insisted that Putin intends to “generate disagreement among our NATO allies” and emphasized the importance of reassuring and reinforcing the NATO alliance to US military strategy.

    The United States Congress and members of US President Barack Obama’s administration have stated their support for arming Ukraine, but other NATO allies including Germany, France, Spain, and Italy have opposed the measure.

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