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Senate Republicans are criticizing the Biden administration’s refusal to facilitate the transfer Poland’s Soviet-era fighter planes to the Ukrainians to fight the Russian invasion.
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“Send these MiGs,” said Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah. “Enough talk. People are dying. Send them the planes they need.”
Congress is poised to approve nearly $14 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine, but senators said President Volodymr Zelensky urged them in a video call last weekend to send planes. They dismissed the Pentagon’s objections that a U.S. role in facilitating the hand-off of the planes to Ukraine would be perceived as too provocative toward Russia.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky criticized the Biden administration for moving too slowly to send military help to Ukraine.
“This administration has been a step behind every step of the way,” McConnell said.
“The Ukrainians need airplanes, they need equipment to fight with,” McConnell said. “They need this assistance and they need it right now.”
“We will never stand up to Russia if every time Vladimir Putin says, ‘boo,’ we back down,” Sen. Tom Cotton said.
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