President Trump often seems misleading in his personal interactions with President Vladimir Putin in Russia. But the opposite applies to Trump's Russia policy. In fact, Trump is far harder at Putin than President Barack Obama ever.
We saw it again on Tuesday in the form of $ 250 in military support for the Ukrainian military and security services. The new supplies bring the total supply of US military support to Ukraine to $ 1.5 billion since 2014. And they include elements that are clearly designed to deter and defeat Russian aggression. These include "sniper rifles, rocket driven grenade launchers and radar guns" and "electronic war detection". These systems will help Ukraine's military to challenge Russian combat forces in their keystone skills. The electronic war disturbance problem is particularly important.
$ 250 million also includes increased "support for Ukraine's Navy and Naval Infantry". It is a countermeasure for escalating Russian aggression against Ukraine's maritime sovereignty. It also gives the Pentagon an indirect lethal means to counter Russia's escalating harassment over the US Navy.
As I say, Trump would be well-informed to judge his personal relationship with Putin much more skeptically. But Trump's policy has been spot-on ̵