Washington took the decision to supply Kiev defensive weapons. According to the representative of the state Department Heather Nauert, it is necessary to ensure the protection of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and its sovereignty.
The United States took the decision to supply Ukraine “advanced defenses” in the framework of Washington’s efforts to strengthen the country’s defense. About it on Friday said the head of the press service of the Department of state Heather Nauert.
“The United States has decided to provide Ukraine with advanced defensive tools as part of our efforts to help Ukraine to strengthen the defense capability in the long term, to defend the sovereignty, territorial integrity and to deter future aggression,” — leads TASS statement Nauert.
“Us (military) assistance is purely defensive in nature. As we always say, Ukraine is a sovereign state, she has a right to defend itself,” she said. However, she assured that the United States “remain committed to the Minsk agreements”, which provide an opportunity to resolve the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine.
Other details in the official statement of the state Department is not given. Meanwhile, as RIA Novosti reported, citing the associated Press, the administration of U.S. President Donald trump has endorsed a plan to provide Ukraine with “lethal weapons,” including anti-tank missiles Javelin.
Earlier, ABC News, citing unnamed sources in the Department said that trump plans to approve the supply of anti-tank rocket launchers to Ukraine. According to sources the channel, we are talking about supply 210 anti-tank missiles and 35 plants in the amount of $ 47 million.
On Thursday it became known that the United States approved commercial licenses for small arms to Ukraine. The state Department spokesman explained to RIA Novosti that US government was not directly supplying weapons to Kiev.
Earlier this week, trump has signed the defense budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The document involves the allocation of military assistance to Ukraine to $ 350 million, but half of this amount can be provided only by results of the reforms in the military sphere.
Russia has repeatedly warned against plans arms deliveries to Kiev, as this step will only lead to the escalation of the conflict in the Donbass. Against arms shipments to Ukraine voted most European politicians.