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Reuters.com: Trump administration reinstates military aid for Ukraine
“The money is intended for use by Ukraine in its struggle with pro-Russian separatists backed by Moscow. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region in March 2014. Some Democrats had questioned whether the administration had withheld the money to put pressure on Ukraine’s government to support President Trump’s re-election campaign by launching an investigation into one of Trump’s main rivals in the 2020 U.S. election. The committees had said they would investigate whether withholding the military aid was part of Trump’s effort “to coerce” the Kiev government into launching an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his family.”
While on the surface this appears to be a thorn for Russia’s agenda in Ukraine, if it influences an investigation into Biden and his son’s nefarious dealings in the Ukrainian gas industry, it would be to the benefit of Russia. Biden was fiercely unwavering in his criticisms of Russia during his tenure as Vice President, and wrapped up in the collusion narrative through President Trump first term. Were Biden to be elected over Trump in 2020, the tenuous relationships between the U.S. and the Kremlin would continue to strain.