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Ukraine’s Defence Minister discusses supplies of weapons with Pentagon’s Head

The officials also discussed implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia
08:23, 3 February 2018

Poltorak, Mattis in Brussels, June 2017
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Stepan Poltorak, Ukraine’s Defence Minister, met U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis on Feb. 2, as Ukrinform reports.

“We’ve discussed all issues, including the one connected to the decision of the U.S. to hand over lethal weapons to Ukraine. We’ve discussed the mechanism of how it will be developing and we’ve reached an understanding. The decision of the USA was very timely and right, and the handing over of weapons will be timely and thought-out,” Ukraine’s Defence Minister said.

Related: US supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine can stir up nationalists, - Kremlin

He also noted that this weapons supplies will be a “big sign for Ukraine and a sign for Russia that Ukraine isn’t left one to one against Russian aggression”.

Voice of America writes that Mattis and Poltorak also discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Jim Mattis noted that the U.S. was trying to influence Russia through diplomatic means and the State Department was working so that Russia abides by the Minsk agreements.

Related: Three Ukrainian soldiers injured in Donbas on February 2

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