Donald Trump, the US President sanctioned the supply of sniper rifles M107A1, their ammunition and equipment to Ukraine to the amount of 41.5 million Dollars on December 21, 2017. Moreover, he considers the possibility to sanction the sale of anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine as HuffPost reported.
According to The Washington Post, 'the quantities of the US weapons Ukraine is obtaining are modest. But officials call them 'gap-fillers' because they remedy key weaknesses in the country’s defenses. On the eastern front lines, sniping is a daily peril for Ukrainian troops, who will be able to use the Model M107A1 sniper systems they are being sold to level the field. Similarly, the Javelins can take out Russian tanks in the event of a new offensive — and force the Kremlin to consider the potential cost in the lives of Russian soldiers it still denies are in Ukraine'.
The experts predict the response of Russian to such Trump's decision. Kremlin used the propaganda machine to discredit Ukraine in from of the world society for many times.
In this particular case, they can use the principles of the information war with the use of unreliable or twisted facts. For example, Kremlin can say that 'Today, you are supplying Javelin to Ukraine, tomorrow it will operate in Iran', referencing that the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service found the parts for the Russian antitank missile system ‘Fagot’, which is practically not utilized by Ukrainian Army, on the aircraft heading from Kiev to Iran.
HuffPost emphasized that such propaganda affects negatively not only Ukraine and its companies, working in Iran, but also the relations between Ukraine and the USA. It is worthwhile remembering that Ukraine does not have sanctions against Iran and the countries have the productive cooperation. The Ukrainian 'Khors' Company is one of the leaders of such cooperation. It supports the air companies of Iran in the organization of the aircraft wet leasing. The 'Khors' Company works since 1990 and specialized at the charter and scheduled operations.
According to HuffPost, Russia is purposefully fighting against the positive image of Ukraine. In this particular context, the help and support of the USA and US government for Ukraine is a powerful deterrent factor against Russian aggression.