The United States in its support of Ukraine amid war remains open for new arms transfers to Kyiv. Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine, said that during an online press briefing broadcast from Brussels.
"Ukraine has indicated an interest in acquiring more of (the American anti-tank weapons, - ed.) — that is possible. We also need to be looking at things like air defense and coastal defense. Anti-sniper systems (Barrett M82s) is something that U.S. has already provided. It is reasonable and necessary for Ukraine to have a modern capability to defend itself and prevent further aggression against its territory,” Kurt Volker said.
He also stressed that NATO remains totally supportive of Ukraine’s war effort and considers Ukraine’s full membership in the organization possible.
“But that doesn’t mean that is imminent. And that is because a country needs to meet all the standards for NATO — democracy, civil control of the military, reform, anti-corruption, contribution to common security, reform in the military establishment, in the defense sector generally, — so there’s a lot to do. In some ways, it’s up to how quickly Ukraine can progress on all of these issues. It is also up to NATO making by consensus as to when they feel appropriate time would be to actually extend a formal invitation. I can’t predict when that would happen — what is important is that NATO has declared willingness in principle and that Ukraine keep progressing in meeting those standards along the way, and when the time is right, it will be possible to do,” Volker noted.
He also added that he hoped that Ukraine joining NATO would not instigate violent retribution of Russia since Moscow should be interested in having prosperous, stable, and secure neighbors.
As we reported earlier, the U.S. military could pass Ukraine another two Island-class patrol boats, in addition to these two that it handed over in September 2018, according to Curtis Scaparrotti, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Currently, two boats of this particular kind are on maintenance in the U.S. now; the Ukrainian crews will soon arrive for training.
Four-star general Curtis Scaparrotti states it is possible thanks to the inflow in the funding approved by the Congress