While Russia’s war on Ukraine progresses, the Biden administration has been supplying Ukraine with funds and weapons. However, the newest round of weapons could make tensions worse.
In an op-ed published by the New York Times on May 31, President Joe Biden clarified that the U.S. will now be sending advanced rocket systems and munitions.
This is all part of the broader $700 million weapons package for Ukraine. In addition to the rocket systems, the U.S. will also be sending Javelin anti-tank missiles, Stinger antiaircraft missiles, radars, unmanned aerial vehicles, Mi-17 helicopters and ammunition.
The issue with these new rocket systems is that it gives Ukraine the capacity and range to reach into Russian territory.
There has been intense debate over this, because the U.S. does not necessarily want to allow Ukraine to broaden the conflict, the Associated Press reported.
“We don’t have an interest in the conflict in Ukraine widening to a broader conflict or evolving into World War Three. So we’ve been mindful of that,” said Colin Kahl, the defense undersecretary for policy, according to the AP. “But at the same time, Russia doesn’t get a veto over what we send to the Ukrainians.”
Biden flip-flopped on the decision this week.
On May 30, the president said that the U.S. would not send rocket systems that can reach into Russia, Reuters reported.
But then the administration reversed that position.
However, a senior administration official said that they only agreed to send the more advanced and longer-range rockets once they had direct assurances from Ukraine’s leaders that they would not use them against targets within Russian territory, the New York Times reported.
Biden naively stated in his op-ed that these long-range rockets are just meant to help Ukraine on the bat…