Friday, October 16, 2015

America must stand strong with Ukraine

John Kasich,

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Ukraine needs and deserves assistance from the United States and the European Union in order to further its desire for stronger relations with the West, help it effectively defend itself against forces that would tear it apart, and send a strong signal to Russia that its re-emerging expansionism will not be tolerated.
Let me be clear, this means Ukraine should receive American help to obtain the lethal defensive weapons it has requested so its armed forces can defend against the tanks and other armored vehicles coming from Russia. ...
Further, I will reinvigorate America’s public diplomacy efforts to counter the Kremlin’s steady stream of misinformation about its activities in Ukraine and Crimea, and proudly proclaim the message of freedom and our determination to stand by friends like Ukraine in their time of trial. ...
Ukraine cannot be put on the back burner. It is too important a nation, too strong an ally of the West, and the threat of Russia is too great to be ignored. American leadership in Ukraine’s defense is essential, and as president of the United States I will provide it.
Recently, I congratulated Ukraine on the 24th anniversary of its independence and said that the United States has a moral obligation to help protect it. As I said then, congratulations on your freedom, Ukraine – may there be a thousand more August 23ths, and a thousand more after that. Slava Ukraini! Heroyam slava!
John Kasich is the governor of Ohio and a candidate for the Republican nomination for president.

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