There was some hope the State Department would see to it that Poroshenko did not use the occasion to press for more military hardware — guns, bullets and artillery — for the troops, something the administration has been reluctant to provide.
But, sure enough, Poroshenko sharply criticized the administration for not giving more military aid to the country to fight Russian-backed separatists.
Ukraine’s soldiers “need more military equipment,” he said, “both lethal and nonlethal.” And they “urgently need …” [Applause].
“Please understand me correctly,” Poroshenko said. “Blankets, night vision goggles are also important,” he said, “but one cannot win the war with blankets.” [Applause] “Even more, we cannot keep the peace with a blanket.”[Applause.]
Whoa! We’re hearing some folks in the White House were most upset by that pretty direct shot, and let Foggy Bottom know they should have done more to get the Ukrainians to tone that down.
Unclear precisely how State was supposed to do that.