McCain is one senator who called for lethal aid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Senators in both parties have said arms for Ukraine should be on the table as that country faces down a threat from Russian President Vladimir Putin, but President Barack Obama has no plans to go there.
“We’re not actively considering lethal aid,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday.
Instead, the administration seems intent on letting the threat of much broader economic sanctions dissuade Putin from a further invasion — and Carney signaled the president would call Putin later today.
Carney, however, denied that the dispute with Russia amounted to another Cold War.
Russia is not the Soviet Union, and there is no longer a Warsaw Pact, he said.
“Russia is a regional power to be sure,” Carney added, but he declined to answer whether Russia represented a threat to the United States. Full story