Which U.S. President and VP refused to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine when Russia previously invaded the nation?
In 2014 when Russia invaded Ukraine, President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden refused to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons to defend itself, despite repeated requests from the Ukrainian government. This led Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to remark, "Blankets and night vision goggles are important, but one cannot win a war with a blanket." Within a year of taking office, President Trump approved the transfer of lethal weapons to Ukraine. Sarah Palin predicted that if Obama was elected as president, his "indecision and moral equivalence" about Russia's invasion of Georgia is "the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next." When she said this, Foreign Policy, "one of the most credible names in international politics and global affairs," ridiculed her statement as "strange" and reported that "this is an extremely far-fetched scenario."