Ukraine receives American weapons under several contracts

Currently, only tactical weapons are supplied, including lethal
09:59, 5 December 2017

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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly said that the Ukrainian military is currently receiving operational and tactical weapons, including grenade launchers, under contracts from the United States. The diplomat told this in an interview with Radio Liberty.

"I can only say that all the contracts that exist are within the framework of the international law, and Ukraine, as a country that properly fulfills export control requirements, has the right to purchase weapons. The list is wider but limited to tactical weapons, including lethal and that's why it was strange for me to hear from some of our politicians that America does not provide arms. America provides arms, but this weapon is operational-tactical," he said.

According to Chaly, U.S. President Donald Trump will sign a draft law before the end of the year to provide Ukraine with 50 million dollars for lethal weapons. This bill has already received approval in the Congress and the Senate.

Related: US Senate changes policy on provision of Ukraine with lethal weapons

The ambassador is sure that such a step is a political decision, and this decision will take in account national interests of the United States.

As it was reported earlier Senator James Inhofe wrote a letter to President Trump encouraging increased support for Ukraine.

“Russia’s continued aggression and repeated refusal to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity warrants a strong response from those of us who respect the rules-based international order. Our response should include lethal military hardware as part of the broader effort to help Ukrainians defend themselves and deter future aggression,” the Senator wrote.

Previously the Senate approved allocating $350 million for Ukraine’s defense

Related: Verkhovna Rada Speaker asks Wess Mitchell to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine

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