Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine said he feels ‘careful optimism’ concerning the provision of the lethal defense weapons by the United States to Ukraine and noted that the defense agreement that can be signed provides for deployment of American military reserve on the territory of Ukraine. He said this during his interview on air of ICTV channel.
"It provides for special operations, joint scientific and technical developments and even deployment of military reserves of the United States of America in Ukraine. It brings the cooperation of Ukraine and the United States to a new level," he stressed.
The practice of similar agreements has long been used in the US and similar documents have been signed with Japan, Australia and Israel, Parubiy added.
According to him, the question of lethal weapons provision may be decided upon in the near future.
Earlier it was reported that US budget 2018 provides for lethal weapons for Ukraine. Draft US budget includes assistance to Ukraine for $350 million.