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US Defense Secretary says US military role in Ukraine stays the same

Source : 112 Ukraine

Jim Mattis also commented on the influence of probable upcoming lethal weapon provisions to Ukraine
09:54, 30 December 2017

112 Agency

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says the military role of the United States in Ukraine hasn’t changed, as he told the journalists on Friday, according to the press service of the Department of Defense. 

“No, I don't see an evolving U.S. military role in Ukraine.  Right now, as you know, we have some trainers there helping to train their army to NATO standards, you know. That has a lot to do with making certain it serves the needs of the Ukrainian people, you know, the way democracies' armies do.  And so, no, the U.S. military role remains the same,” Mattis said.

Related: 24 hours in Donbas: one Ukrainian soldier killed, two wounded

When asked about the possible provisions of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine, Mattis said they wouldn’t have a big impact so long as nobody tries to invade the country, since the weapons are defensive in nature.

“Well, as long as no one wants to invade Ukraine, hopefully won't have any big impact.  They're defensive weapons,” he said.

As we reported earlier, according to the information of ABC from its sources in the White House, US President Donald Trump is to announce his approval of a plan to sell anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. This plan is to include the anti-tank Javelin systems. The defense package of $47 million envisages selling 210 anti-tank missiles and 35 launching systems to them.

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