A member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John McCain, has urged leaders of NATO countries to arm Ukraine to defend itself against what he says is a clear “Russian invasion”.
"It was argued for months that providing arms and greater assistance to Ukraine could provoke a Russian invasion; but now, Ukraine is being invaded anyway, showing that the real provocation for Putin has been the perception of Western weakness," - he said.
The senator urged Western leaders meeting in Wales for the NATO summit to provide weapons and intelligence to Ukraine and impose "crushing" sanctions against Russia.
Russia's deputy prime minister, Dmitry Rogozin, sent out a tweet calling McCain an “arms baron” for urging American weapons for Ukraine.
Several key European countries, including Germany, oppose providing Ukraine with weapons, but are considering new sanctions against Russia.