Ukrainian Lend-Lease proposed before war — RT World News


US senators drafted weapons program for kyiv weeks before Russia sent troops to Ukraine

The plan to send American weapons to Ukraine, using the “lend-lease” A formula pioneered during World War II to circumvent neutrality laws, was officially approved by Congress this week. However, it was set up in January – more than a month before Moscow recognized the Donbas republics as independent and sent troops to Ukraine.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Ukraine Lend-Lease in Defense of Democracy Act, also known as S.3522, on Jan. 19, 2022. That’s according to the official Congress.gov page for the bill. On the same date, he was co-sponsored by Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi).

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) endorsed it the next day, Jan. 20. at Congress.gov.

Russia only recognized the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk on February 21. “special military operation” demilitarize Ukraine began what was already February 24 in Washington.


Curiously, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee did not take up Cornyn’s proposal until April 6. It was approved unanimously, moved on the floor by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and passed by voice vote — after which it sat in limbo for weeks. while the Democratic-dominated House was on recess. On Thursday, after an hour of pro-forma debate, the House approved it by a vote of 417 to 10. Every Democrat voted in favor, while the 10 dissenters were Republicans.

Supporters and critics have made a big fuss about the proposal, named after a World War II plan to circumvent neutrality laws limiting US arms exports. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt concocted a Lend-Lease in March 1941, months before the United States entered World War II, to send billions of dollars worth of weapons to Britain and then to America. Soviet Union and other countries.

Cornyn’s bill, by contrast, suspends two existing US laws to make it easier for the White House to ship all kinds of weapons to Ukraine. It eliminates the five-year limit on the duration of the program, suggesting that the United States hopes the conflict will continue for a long time – but also conditions the assistance on the eventual repayment by Ukraine of the “lease” or return of the equipment if it is in working order.

Cornyn has so far not revealed what might have motivated him to introduce the program for “protect civilian populations in Ukraine from Russian military invasion” before the start of any military operation.

The motivations of its first co-sponsor, Cardin, are more obvious. He is the architect of a series of anti-Russian laws, beginning with the Magnitsky Act of 2012, the Global Magnitsky Act of 2016, and the CAATSA Act of 2017, which tied the hands of the Trump administration in its dealings. with Russia.


Russia explains what US Lend-Lease really means for Ukraine

In January 2018, at the height of the “Russiagate” Infatuation, Cardin released a report he commissioned from the Democratic staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, accusing Russia of a “assault” on “democratic and transatlantic institutions and alliances”, using “disinformation, cyberattacks, military invasions, suspected political assassinations, energy security threats, election interference and other subversive tactics”.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.


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