US not yet decided to supply Ukraine with defensive weapons

Source : 112 Ukraine

In turn, the draft law on the defense budget has references to lethal weapons for Ukraine
16:03, 23 September 2017

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The United States still has no final decision on the issue of supply of protective weapons to Ukraine. This is reported by Deutsche Welle, referring to the words of an unnamed representative of the White House.

As the representative of the US presidential administration noted, the question of providing Ukraine with defensive weapons is still at the stage of elaboration, and no final decision has been taken on it.

We recall, President Petro Poroshenko said that provision of defensive weapons to Ukraine by the United States will allow resolving the conflict in Donbas and will increase the cost of Russian aggression.

According to Poroshenko, providing the Ukrainian armed forces with US defensive weapons, together with the sanctions and diplomatic pressure on Russia, will liberate the occupied territories.

"The first myth is that American weapons will force Russia to send its weapons to Donbas, but Russia never stopped doing this, and secondly, American weapons will not solve the situation as a whole, but this will definitely help to resolve the situation along with sanctions and diplomatic pressure. American weapons will increase the tension, but this will increase the cost of Russian aggression. In the face of such a strong deterrence, Moscow should think twice before allowing a new offensive, "Poroshenko said during the speech.

Earlier we reported that "the US Senate approved a draft law on the U.S. national security budget 2018, which provides for the allocation of 500 million dollars to support Ukraine in the security and defense spheres," the head of state wrote.

According to him, the draft law authorizes the provision of lethal arms of a defensive character to our state. It also includes provisions that allow U.S. defense budgets to be used to rehabilitate wounded Ukrainian servicemen in the United States medical facilities, and to strengthen the capabilities of our state's air and naval forces.

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