The U.S. government on Tuesday said it had not ruled out the possibility of supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine, but reiterated that it would address the issue on a case-by-case basis, said Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis.
“We’ve not provided lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine in the past, but we also don’t rule out the option of doing so in the future,” said Davis.
The U.S. 2018 federal budget includes almost $350 million allocated for the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with US President Donald Trump Wednesday in what was characterized by the New York Time as "a low-key affair". Poroshenko had more extensive meetings with Vice President Mike Pence and the administration’s top national security advisers, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
The presidential tête-à-tête was brief and did not include many of the usual formalities that characterize a meeting of two heads of state.
Poroshenko's' visit came as the Ukrainian government grows increasingly concerned over Trump's attempted to improve relations with Moscow and his continued complimentary attitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin.