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Biden shows growing appetite to cross Putin's red lines

By John Hudson and Dan Lamothe

01 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. President Biden's decision to help Ukraine obtain F-16 fighter jets crossed a Russian red line, but the U.S. hasn't yet suffered any severe consequences for doing so.

President Biden's decision last month to help Ukraine obtain F-16 fighter jets marked another crossing of a Russian red line that Vladimir Putin has said would transform the war and draw Washington and Moscow into direct conflict.

Despite the Russian leader's apocalyptic warnings, the United States has gradually agreed to expand Ukraine's arsenal with Javelin and Stinger missiles, HIMARS rocket launchers, advanced missile defense systems, drones, helicopters, M1 Abrams tanks and, soon, fourth-generation fighter jets.

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