As US Congress considers spending $6.4 billion or more, and President Joe Biden commits military aid to Ukraine, some U.S. experts on Tuesday suggested prioritizing diplomacy and humanitarian assistance over military aid.
William D. Hartung, a senior research fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, urged U.S. lawmakers not to cause more global conflict.
He and other experts said diplomacy instead of military response will end the violence, help suffering Ukrainians, and promote long-term peace.
Although a plan for donated fighter jets from European nations fell apart this week, various countries have sent or pledged to send arms and other military aid to Ukrainians.
Referencing Moscow’s recent demands that preceded the invasion last week, including the exclusion of Ukraine from NATO, Professor Noam Chomsky said that “there is good reason to believe that this tragedy could have been avoided, until the last minute.”