US names Ukraine weapons coordinator

Retired US Army General Terry Wolff, who fought in the Middle East, will oversee weapons shipments to Ukraine, the White House has announced Read Full Article at RT.com

US names Ukraine weapons coordinator
22 Apr, 2022 21:59 HomeWorld News

US names Ukraine weapons coordinator

A retired army general will coordinate military aid to Kiev worth billions, the White House says

A retired US Army general will help coordinate the massive effort to deliver weapons and ammunition to Ukraine, the White House announced on Friday. Veteran Pentagon policy planner Terry Wolff, who previously oversaw Washington’s aid to militants in Syria, was brought onto the National Security Council after a group of senators urged President Joe Biden to put someone in charge of the program.

“recently” joined the NSC, a spokesman told reporters on Friday, noting the retired three-star general’s previous experience with the White House body, as well as the State Department, the Pentagon and the Joint Staff.

NESA), an outfit at the National Defense University, but took a sabbatical in November 2015 to serve the Obama administration as the deputy special envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (aka Islamic State, ISIS).

“His experience as the deputy for the Defeat [IS] Coalition will be amazing in making sure this coalition maintains momentum,” one official told CNN.

Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) praised Wolff’s appointment on Friday, describing it as Biden’s response to their request to do so, made in a letter last week.

send massive quantities of weapons to Syrian militants, whether the Kurdish-led SDF militia or what the US government called “moderate rebels” – groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda that sought to overthrow the government in Damascus.

testified to Congress about the lackluster results of the weapons program in October 2015. He later lobbied to restart the effort, asking for $600 million worth of funding in 2016. Subsequent US envoys to the coalition boasted about fueling a “quagmire” in Syria for Russia, which sent troops in 2015 to help Damascus against IS and other terrorists.

“moderate rebels” have been reduced to an enclave in the north, under occupation by Turkish troops.

a diplomatic note to Washington warning of “unpredictable consequences” if the deliveries continued.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.