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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 05:08 PM

White House blocked effort to condemn Russia for seizing Ukraine ships, Congress told

Source: The Guardian

White House blocked effort to condemn Russia for seizing Ukraine ships, Congress told

State department aide makes revelation in testimony, while Russia envoy nominee John Sullivan grilled at confirmation hearing

Julian Borger in Washington
Wed 30 Oct 2019 20.46 GMT
Last modified on Wed 30 Oct 2019 21.20 GMT

The White House blocked the US state department from issuing a statement condemning Russia for seizing Ukrainian military vessels, according to a state department official, in the latest example of the strain the Trump administration is under in pursuing conflicting policies towards the two countries.

The revelation on Wednesday came from Christopher Anderson, who was a senior aide to the special envoy on Ukraine, Kurt Volker, in November 2018, when Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian vessels in the Sea of Azov off the Crimean peninsula.

“While my colleagues at the state department quickly prepared a statement condemning Russia for its escalation, senior officials in the White House blocked it from being issued,” Anderson said in his prepared remarks to congressional committees holding impeachment hearings. “Ambassador Volker drafted a tweet condemning Russia’s actions, which I posted to his account.”

In the face of silence from the White House, the then US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, condemned Russian behaviour, after which the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, followed suit. Trump voiced concern but did not blame Moscow.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/30/white-house-trump-russia-ukraine-state-department

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2019, 05:53 PM

1. A pattern of behavior seems to be emerging.

Ukraine was very, very important yo Vlad. Everything Trump has done wrt the Ukraine has served Vlad's interests. Treason is the Reason.

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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 06:42 PM

2. Trumpy like Putty.

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Wed Oct 30, 2019, 08:18 PM

3. .........

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