Still playing games with people’s lives it seems.
Courtesy of Buzzfeed:
At the heart of the impeachment saga that ended on Wednesday in Donald Trump’s acquittal was $391 million in US military assistance for Ukraine that the president ordered be withheld.
But that aid package, which was eventually released last September, wasn’t the only US arms transfer meant for the war-torn country that was held up. Several direct commercial sales of arms and ammunition to Ukraine faced significant delays at the same time — and they remain mysteriously frozen months later, BuzzFeed News has learned. Now, after a lengthy wait and down payments in the tens of millions of dollars for the equipment, Kyiv wants its money back.
The Trump administration is currently withholding approval for at least six commercial orders for arms and ammunition from US companies to Ukraine, together worth roughly $30 million, according to three current Ukrainian officials and a former senior US official who have direct knowledge of the sales, straining an already fragile relationship between the two countries. All four officials said that five of the pending sales from US companies have been delayed for around a year, and one of the sales has been held up for more than a year. The officials said they haven’t been able to get any answers from the Trump administration about why the deals, which typically take around two months to approve and must be licensed by the State Department, haven’t received approval.
“It might be wise for the Ukrainians to look for other sources” from which to buy arms and ammunition, said the US official, who said he has questioned senior White House and State Department officials about the issue. He said he received only a cryptic response from both that the sales are still being “evaluated,” despite the Ukrainians already putting money down on them.
Some Ukranians believe this delay might be tied to a power struggle between the US and China, but I don’t think that is it.
I think this is still all connected to the President of Ukraine’s refusal to publicly announce that investigation into Burisma and the Bidens.
And since we know that Giuliani continues to visit Ukraine looking for dirt, I would bet that there is still an ongoing behind the scenes pressure campaign for the Ukraine government to produce it.
I know that sounds unbelievably petty, but we are talking about Donald Trump here, and that is who he is.
Also keep in mind that Zelensky is still requesting that White House visit and being snubbed, so it seems very likely that all of this is part of the same petty punishment for not doing what Trump is demanding.