Monthly Archives: December 2016

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Obama signs defense bill, enabling help for Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law the National Defense Authorizations Act (NDAA), 2017 authorizing up to USD 350 million to be made available for security assistance to Ukraine, UNIAN reports with references to Ukraine’s Embassy to the United States. Read also: US Congress passes Ukraine Freedom Support Act bill This amount includes lethal defensive assistance,…

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The West Abandoned Ukraine to Its Own Detriment

In 2014, Russian-backed rebels took over eastern Ukraine and Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea. But the West paved the way for Moscow to advance on its former Soviet states well before then. In 1994, Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal under the Budapest Memorandum of Security Assurances in hopes that America would protect it from Russian…

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Paul Niland: Living up to Budapest

The failure of the Budapest Memorandum is a very serious matter that the incoming administration of Donald Trump and his team, notably Rex Tillerson, top pick for the Secretary of State position, and others like future White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus, should pay heed to. The commitments the United States and United Kingdom…

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