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Defense chief nominee Ashton Carter, unlike Obama, backs arming Ukraine
Defense chief nominee Ashton Carter, unlike Obama, backs arming Ukraine

Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of Defense, said at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he was “very much inclined” to provide lethal arms to Ukrainian forces fighting Russia-backed separatists, staking out a position that goes beyond White House policy. “We need to support Ukraine in defending themselves,” Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Carter’s comments fueled a growing debate inside the administration and Congress over whether the White House should start providing defensive weapons to the embattled government in Kiev to try to force Moscow to withdraw its support for eastern Ukraine’s...

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