US President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have “bet the hard way” that they can defeat Russian President Vladimir Putin “in the long run”, said Professor Joe Siracusa, a political analyst at Curtin University.
It comes after Ms Pelosi made a surprise visit to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Footage released by President Zelensky’s office showed Ms Pelosi and other US officials in the capital.
Professor Siracusa said Ms Pelosi was “part of Biden’s consensus that enough guns can help Ukraine and that the war should be designed to weaken Putin now”.
“It seems like the diplomatic process is off the table for a while, as Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, and others, have been betting the hell out of them that they could defeat Putin in the long run,” he said.