Ex-Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has slammed Biden for rejecting Ukraine’s missile request


The US ambassador to Russia under President Obama on Sunday criticized President Biden for his refusal to provide Ukraine with an advanced missile system capable of reaching Moscow.

Ex-Ambassador Michael McFaul, who is also an MSNBC analyst, called Biden’s approach “a losing strategy” when asked about a tweet he posted who said, “Not arming Ukraine is prolonging the war.”

McFaul told MSNBC host Katy Tur that there were tense debates within the Biden administration over how to proceed with the deadly conflict.

He suggested signing a formal agreement with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to send more weapons as long as Ukraine agrees not to use them in Russia.

“Sign a formal agreement saying we will not use these weapons in Russia,” McFaul said. “I think that’s a better solution than sitting in Washington trying to modulate and calculate exactly what we expect from the Ukrainians on the battlefield.

“And number two, this escalation threat, we’ve been talking about it for over three months. We keep hearing that we do this, we do that, we do this, we do that – [Russian] president [Vladimir] Putin will escalate. And yet, what is the evidence about? If the escalation is going to take place inside Ukraine, shouldn’t we trust that Ukrainians know their security interests better than we do?”

Ex-Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Biden’s decision not to send missiles was “a losing strategy” that will prolong the war in Ukraine.
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Reports last week indicated that the White House was preparing to send long-range systems to Ukraine as Russia persisted with its brutal invasion that began over three months ago, on February 24th.

On Monday, Biden told reporters, “We will not send missile systems to Ukraine that can attack Russia,” after arriving at the White House from Delaware — rejecting Zelensky’s request for Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) as well as High Mobility Artillery -Missile systems (HIMARS).

While other foreign leaders – such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – have spoken out in favor of delivering the missile systems, US officials fear the delivery could further escalate the conflict.

U.S. President Joe Biden attends the Quad Leaders Summit May 24, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan.
Biden closed reports that the White House was preparing to send long-range systems to Ukraine.
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A visibly frustrated McFaul told the network not arming Ukraine was “a losing strategy”.

“I just think it’s a losing strategy,” said McFaul, sounding nervous. “There will only be an end to this war in three different scenarios. First, Putin conquers all of Ukraine. Second, Ukraine is pushing Russia out of Ukraine. Or third, there is a stalemate on the battlefield. In my opinion, we should support option two and option three, and you do that by giving Ukrainians what they need to achieve either of those two outcomes.”

McFaul got excited back in March after comparing Putin to Adolf Hiter when he claimed not even Hitler killed ethnic Germans or German-speakers while Putin bombed Russian-speakers living in Ukraine during the ongoing war.

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