Johnson told Sputnik that he does support the provision of defensive military aid to Ukraine, and also agrees with the Obama administration’s approach to weapons sales to Ukraine.
“I’m not in favor of flooding Ukraine with offensive weaponry which would do nothing but stoke the flame of war over there,” Johnson said on Tuesday of the House Resolution calling on US President Barack Obama to provide lethal military aid to Ukraine.
Johnson, who serves on the US House Armed Services Committee, voted against the resolution.
“It states a principle that I am not in favor of,” he told Sputnik, namely providing military support which does not discriminate between offensive and defensive weapons.
“I viewed it as a call for the US to start flooding the Ukraine with weapons,” Johnson continued, adding that such measures would be destabilizing and “not helpful to bringing about a peaceful resolution.”
The resolution introduced and passed on Monday does not have legal authority to authorize any additional measures, but expresses the sentiment of the US Congress, according to official government documents.