‘I know that many of you were highly interested in the sale of the Javelin missiles to Ukraine. I can tell that it was one of the issues lying at the desk for a long time until we announce in 2017 that the president decided to provide Javelin complexes to Ukraine. They were supplied a few weeks ago’, she noted.
Nauert also emphasized that this issue was deliberately not disclosed and people who kept it in secret ‘did a good job’.
At the same time, Nauert refused to comment the article of The New York Times that the Ukrainian side refused to cooperate in the investigation of the special prosecutor Muller for the supplies.
‘I cannot comment anything toward this investigation’, she explained.
As it was reported earlier, the U.S. State Department announced the Javelin anti-tank missile system delivery to Ukraine.
Ukraine since the beginning of Russia's military aggression in the spring of 2014 was negotiating with the United States on the supply of lethal weapons. Previously, Washington supplied Kiev with only non-lethal assistance (including armored Humvee cars, RQ-11B Raven drones and counterbattery radars) and helped in the training of Ukrainian servicemen.
The US defense budget for 2018 presupposes the allocation of $ 350 million to Ukraine for enhancing security and defense, including the use of lethal weapons.
The U.S. State Department made a decision on the sale of anti-tank missile system Javelin to Ukraine on March 1.