President Trump's decision to subject the financing of Ukrainian security to additional scrutiny has raised concern among European allies concerned about Russian aggression.
"It is not time to reduce military or other support for Ukraine, it is time to give more support to Ukraine," the Baltic diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Washington Examiner .
The Trump budget team and advisers are reviewing the $ 250 million lawmakers appropriated this year for the Security Assistance Initiative in Ukraine, a program congress created in 201
"Not only is there bipartisan support for this in Congress, but it seems to me that the president and the administration are acting very differently, so this is completely contrary to this," Heather Conley, director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told by the Washington Examiner . "The decision to review Ukraine's assassination aid … is completely contrary to what the president himself said."
Trump boasted that "he was much tougher on Russia than Obama," despite Western dissatisfaction with used to praise Russian President Vladimir Putin and refuse to condemn Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections. This statement is rooted in Trump's 2017 decision to send deadly aid to Ukraine by launching a flow of Javelin anti-tank missiles and other weapons for upgrading ainskite war that former President Barack Obama would not approve.
Trump's national security team also made one point to cultivate warm relations with new Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. The two sides are in the process of scheduling a visit to the White House for Zelensky, who was scheduled to meet Trump in Poland this weekend, as the White House canceled the visit when Hurricane Dorian approached Florida. National Security Advisor John Bolton spent two days this week in Ukraine, partly advising Zelensky not to "rush in" to any agreement with Russia on the conflict.
"I think working on this over a period of time makes sense for the new government in Ukraine," Bolton tells US-backed Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. It also gives time to consider what exactly Putin might think – whether there is any possibility of Russia's position changing.
But the apparent skepticism about sending another $ 250 million to Ukraine, 20% of which is intended to buy weapons, came just days after Trump shook the G7 summit in France, advocating readmission of Russia in the world's leading bloc of industrialized democracies. That moment left Trump particularly vulnerable to criticism.
"President Trump must stop worrying about Vladimir Putin's disappointment and uphold the priority of US national security," Senate Foreign Relations Chief Bob Menendez, New Jersey, said Thursday. "Any further effort by President Trump to weaken US efforts to hold Russia accountable for undermining Ukraine's peace, security, stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity will be met with fierce opposition in Congress."
Conley warned yes reject the delay is an olive branch for Russia, noting that the White House Office of Management and Budget is involved in a comprehensive review of foreign aid to identify wasteful and ineffective spending.
"But if this is a delay message, then I think we have to reflect that it will start to be seen as a change in approach to both Russia's strategy and Ukraine in particular," she said.
Secretary Mark Esper's team works to prevent any major course correction, assuring the budget service that "the department has reviewed the foreign aid package and is supporting it."
But the idea that Trump could start views Ukraine through green shadows is all but comforting to former Soviet vassal states.
"Tens of millions – not to mention billions – these are tens of millions to help Ukraine protect freedom in Europe," the Baltic diplomat said. "This is the threshold of the Transatlantic Union, our borders. … It saves billions of Americans probably elsewhere, because Ukraine contains Russia. ”