Trump Gifts Ukraine Lethal Weapons For Christmas, Escalating Tension With Russia

By Aaron Kesel

Under the disguise of Christmas, U.S. President Donald Trump sneakingly gifted Ukraine with American lethal defensive weaponry; Russia has responded warning the United States that a red line has been crossed.

The deepstate (military industrial complex) elite’s spokesman, Senator John McCain of the Armed Services Committee, and neocons once again are trying to inflame a war by convincing U.S. President Donald Trump to send weapons to Ukraine. It undoubtedly will be seen as an “aggressive” move against Moscow, as intended.

“The reported decision to authorize the sale of sniper rifles and ammunition must only be a first step,” McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “I urge the president to authorize additional sales of defensive lethal weapons, including anti-tank munitions, and to fully utilize security assistance funds provided by the Congress to enable Ukraine to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

[RELATED: McCain Says “We Must Fight Crackpot Conspiracy Theories” Despite Promoting The Biggest One: A New World Order]

The Eastern European country has been reliant on support from Washington since pro-Western government forces overthrew the Ukrainian leadership in 2013, as warned by Ukraine Deputy Oleg Tsarov prior. Paid CIA snipers hired by Maidan leaders subsequently shot at protesters and police, according to Polish former presidential candidate Janusz Korwin-Mikke and Urmas Paet.

A leaked phone call further confirmed the assumption that the U.S. planned a coup in Ukraine.

The audio uploaded online showed Victoria Nuland, the then top U.S. diplomat in Europe, and Geoff Pyatt, the U.S. envoy to Kiev, discussing the merits of Ukraine’s various opposition figures and if things were in place. In the recording, Nuland can also be heard saying “f**k the EU,” if they aren’t ready for their alleged plot and to go ahead without them.

Estonian Foreign Minister and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, c0llaborated and confirmed that snipers had shot at both police and protesters in a conversation with EU foreign Security Policy Catherine Ashton when an additional tape was leaked by Officers of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) loyal to the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich. Paet said that snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were hired by Maidan leaders.

In fact, Nuland even admitted the subversive actions the U.S. was taking in Ukraine for the past few decades during a public speech where she stated the “U.S. has spent five billion dollars ($5,000,000,000) to subvert Ukraine,” assuring her listeners that there are prominent businessmen and government officials who support the U.S. project to tear Ukraine away from its historic relationship with Russia and into the U.S. sphere of interest (via “Europe”).

The U.S. would never admit publicly that it was involved in Ukraine. Under former President Barack Obama the policy was to not send weapons to Ukraine with the exception of allowing some private contractors to send small arms; Trump is changing that, signaling a major shift in U.S. policy.

Instead, the Obama administration opted to covertly send the Russians (a supposed “enemy” of the U.S. at the time) Uranium through the Uranium One deal and later sanctioned Moscow after annexing Crimea. The uranium sold could have been used to make bombs to use in Ukraine.

That deal is now under scrutiny by the Trump administration Justice Department amid deciding to approve a commercial license authorizing the sale of $41.5 million of weaponry including Model M107A1 Sniper Systems, ammunition, and associated accessories to Ukraine, the Washington Post reported.

According to a Trump state department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, the decision was “part of our effort to help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity, to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to deter further aggression.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov responded stating the U.S. decision will only make the conflict more deadly and suggested that Russia could be forced to retaliate He also said the U.S. can no longer cast itself as a mediator.

“It’s not a mediator. It’s an accomplice in fueling the war,” Ryabkov said in a statement.

Thanking the U.S. for its support, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed the concerns over how the weapons would be used.

“American weapons in the hands of Ukrainian soldiers are not for an offensive, but for a decisive rebuff of the aggressor, the protection of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, as well as for effective self-defense,” he wrote on Facebook. “It is also a trans-Atlantic vaccination against the Russian virus of aggression.”

The Washington Post added that the timing of approving this deal and another sale in Canada is no mere coincidence.

 “We have crossed the Rubicon, this is lethal weapons and I predict more will be coming,” said one senior congressional official. It’s likely no mere coincidence that Canada also approved lethal defense sales to Ukraine this week, which would happen only if the Canadian government knew the United States was on board, the official said.

Activist Post reported in late August that the Trump administration was considering sending weapons to Ukraine after Kiev reported 3,000 Russian troops in the country in what we said would be “the words heard around the world and the move that starts WW3.”

U.S Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated the U.S.’s position that Russia has not abided by the Minsk ceasefire agreement meant to end separatist violence in eastern Ukraine.

“Despite Russia’s denials, we know they are seeking to redraw international borders by force, undermining the sovereign and free nations of Europe,” Mattis told reporters.

Trump has previously accused Russia of taking Crimea by force in a series of tweets and his White House stated that the U.S. president expected the annexed Black Sea peninsula to be returned to Ukraine, Reuters reported.

Russia responded at the time, stating it would not hand back Crimea to Ukraine or discuss the matter with foreign partners.

“We don’t give back our own territory. Crimea is territory belonging to the Russian Federation,” Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Trump’s statements contradicts comments he made in an interview with ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos last year when he said: “The people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were.”

Under the law, the State Department must notify Congress of planned foreign military sales, which is then proceeded by a review in which lawmakers can act to stop the sale. It was unclear whether the administration had formally notified Congress, but lawmakers are unlikely to try to block the deal given that Democrats and Republicans alike have both called on the government to send weapons to Ukraine.

It’s also important to note that “heavier” equipment requested by Ukraine, the Javelin antitank missile system, has still not been approved.

Although, as a recent interview with a Texas company AirTronic corroborates, the antitank missiles have long been sold to Ukraine for over a year now, VOA News reported.

“We started delivering our product to Ukraine last year and we are continuing deliveries up until now,” Richard Vandiver, Chief Operating Officer at AirTronic, said to VOA’s Ukrainian service.

As U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Twitter and on the floor of Congress in regards to a controversial law, “They want to rubber stamp. They want no debates, and they want to send your kids to war.” Where is the vote for sending weapons to Ukraine beating on those war drums?

Sending lethal weapons to Ukraine is a reckless move and creates a situation where American arms could kill Russian soldiers, a predicament that could thrust the two nuclear-armed nations into a deep war.

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post. Support us at Patreon. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Steemit, and BitChute. Ready for solutions? Subscribe to our premium newsletter Counter Markets.

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7 Comments on "Trump Gifts Ukraine Lethal Weapons For Christmas, Escalating Tension With Russia"

  1. lightingstrikesthrice | December 25, 2017 at 9:07 am | Reply

    I do not believe there will ever be a nuclear war. It is all psyop to keep people afraid, including Nations that want the hegemony to end. I believe that those in power are psychopaths and some criminally insane, but not suicidal. Completely destroying the biosphere, atmosphere, magnetosphere and all other spheres will kill them all using nukes, including their underground cities and bases and one can’t have power and control if dead. That is, until they’re ready to move on to Mars and elsewhere full time. Why use nukes when one has DEWs-see California fires-? It’s grand standing and bullying as per usual and will use conventional terror/war tactics to get(or try to get) another to succumb. Perhaps weather modification and DEWs, economic war, coups, etc, but no nukes.

  2. I like Trump. But he and his “advisors” are soooo wrong about Crimea! Crimea is historically, culturally and socially Russian. Why is Trump taking sides with the neo fascists in Kiev that Obama put in place there?
    It is an open fact now that the CIA was sniping protesters in the Maidan to fuel a civil war, just as they have done in countless other countries, just paid murderers.
    If you know anybody in Crimea as I do they are 97% pro Russian and life is so much better there now.
    They are fearful of the nazi’s in Kiev and thank God Putin has saved them from the Obama/Western?Gloabalist puppets illegally installed in Ukraine.
    Western media never reported the images of beheaded Russian women and children in south east Ukraine did they?
    They never reported the murder by Ukrainian sniper of a Russian nurse trying to help the wounded of a Ukraine mortar attack on a civilian town?
    More fake news that you say you detest so please walk your own walk and break from the CIA criminal herd.
    Come on Mr President, I know you have to do deals and compromise but this situation in Crimea and Ukraine is a war crime. You tweeted that yourself when discussing Obama’s foreign policy before you were president.
    Do the right thing if you can, I know it’s very difficult as the military industrial complex will demand certain things of you in return for certain other favours from them but US policy re Ukraine is wrong on all levels…make a break with the past and bring some honour back to foreign policy. Good luck.

  3. I thought Trump was different than Clinton, B.S MOST ALTERNATIVE MEDIA IS NO DIFFERENT THAN MSM, A CREATURE OF CONTROLLED OPPOSITION.

  4. Where’s the msm on this I thought the msm was out to get trump

  5. The playbook they used to meddle in Ukraine was the same used to get the Korean War started decades ago and subsequently Vietnam. NK should not be our enemy.

  6. The narrative for those who hated Clinton and wanted to see Trump create peace with Russia (Clinton had talked tough but in fact negotiated a nuclear arms reduction) is not that Trump is a liar and hypocrite but that the “Deep State” has “forced” him to escalate tensions with Russia. John McCain, who is near death with brain cancer, is “forcing” him to give arms to Ukraine, a move that was taken out of the Republican platform just after Trump’s proxies talked to the Russian officials.

    I reject this bullshit. No one is forcing Trump to do anything, and those who supported him said we need a tough authoritarian like Trump to stand up to the Deep State and and neocons. It turns out Trump is totally weak by virtue of his lack of knowledge and support. It turns out Trump IS a globalist (“I am a globalist…”) and a neocon. He fooled a lot of people who are now blaming not Trump but dying dinosaurs like McCain for his flip flops and creating with Russia “the worst relations since the Cold War.”

    One thing Trump IS good at is fooling a lot of people and persuading them when things go bad to blame others.
    When Harry Truman said “The buck stops here….” he showed the kind of responsibility expected of leaders.
    When Trump totally reverse course and blames others for his incompetence and deceit, how tiresome to hear those who preferred him to Clinton (the right wing “target of hatred” onto which anger is displace, according to Goebbels’ 18th principle of propaganda) make excuses.

    In this way, they are excusing their own failure of judgement and surrender to the Big Lies of a master propagandist and totally unqualified leader.

  7. the statement in the text above “…later sanctioned Moscow after annexing Crimea.” sounds like western msm. The reality is that Crimea joined the RF afer a referendum. And if somebody should think that Crimea is now a kind of Russian jail – the person should travel to Crimea and ask the inhabitants what they think about being part of Russia.

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