Biden, Trump, different views on ending the war in Ukraine

2024-04-14 15:41:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
Biden, Trump, different views on ending the war in Ukraine
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Since the start of Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine more than two years ago, there has been growing disagreement between Democrats and Republicans in Congress over military aid to Kiev. VOA Washington Correspondent Carolyn Presutti explains how the two leading presidential candidates differ on how to handle Russian aggression in Ukraine.

More than two years have passed since the start of Russia's full-scale war in Ukraine.

This week, the United States approved the sale of $138 million worth of equipment for Ukraine's "HAWK" air defense systems, which are used to intercept Russian missiles.

In last month's State of the Union address, President Joe Biden said that Ukraine needs the support of the United States to withstand Russian attacks.

"If anyone thinks that Putin will stop in Ukraine, I assure you that he will not stop. "Ukraine can stop Putin if we support Ukraine and supply it with the weapons it needs to defend itself," President Biden said.

Since the beginning of Russian aggression, President Biden's administration has imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities and sent $75 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Steven Kassels, the son of a Ukrainian immigrant, says he will vote for Mr. Biden.

"Looking at the war there, looking at Putin and looking at the people there that President Trump has unfortunately attached himself to, at least emotionally, is very scary," he says.

During his presidency, Donald Trump maintained a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Five years later, he called him a "genius" for his decision to attack Ukraine.

According to the Washington Post, Mr. Trump has said he would end the war by pressuring Ukraine to give territory to Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called this "a primitive idea".

At a recent rally, Mr. Trump mentioned a conversation about Ukraine he had with a leader of a country that has defaulted on its financial obligations as a NATO member.

"If we don't pay and are attacked by Russia, will you protect us?"

I told him no. We will not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever they want with you.”

Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump have major differences over how the war in Ukraine should be ended.

"President Trump has made a promise to the American people, which they can trust that he will keep, to end the war in Ukraine, to negotiate a peace agreement with both sides," a campaign spokeswoman said. Trump, Caroline Leavitt.

For this reason, Isaac Geer of New Hampshire says he will vote for Mr. Trump.

"It's really important to me that we stay out of any foreign wars, keep our military spending down and get our troops back in the country or keep them in the country," he says.

Meanwhile, a bill to send $60 billion in military aid to Ukraine is blocked in the House of Representatives./ Voa 

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