Arms from USA to be used in Donbas only to react to militant attacks, - Klimkin

Source : 112 Ukraine

This way, the arms Ukraine is to receive won’t change the conflict’s “temperature”, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister believes
22:43, 3 January 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin says that arms that the USA is to deliver to Ukraine will be used only in case of provocations from the militants, not for escalating the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, information from a joint press conference with German counterpart Sigmund Gabriel, according to Interfax-Ukraine. 

“We are talking about weapons of defensive nature. Such weapons may and will be used in case of provocations from the Russian side and terrorists supported by them, and, as you understand, it won’t be used for offensive actions, so it can’t be used as an argument that will facilitate the rising of the temperature of the conflict,” Klimkin said.

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In his turn, German Foreign Minister said the country evaluated this step sceptically.

“We in Germany view the idea that delivering weapons may help solve the conflict rather skeptically, but, after all, we are pretty distant from this conflict and as a country we are totally secure, and Ukraine, from the defensive viewpoints, sees it differently,” Sigmar Gabriel said according to Ukrainskty Novyny.

As we reported earlier, the US Department of State approved an export license for Ukraine to buy light weapons and small arms from the US. The license covers weapons in categories such as semi-automatic and automatic firearms including 0.5 caliber weapons. It also includes combat shotguns, silencers, military scopes, and flash suppressors, as well as spare parts for them.

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