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Washington’s decision to sale arms to Ukraine is not new, - US State Department

Source : 112 Ukraine

She emphasized that Ukraine is able to purchase the weapons from the US manufacturers but such supplies are not made by the US government
14:59, 21 December 2017

Reuters

The decision of the US State Department of State to approve the export license for Ukraine to buy light weapons and small arms from the US is not new and Ukraine earlier also purchased the small amounts of such weapons. Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman of the US State Department claimed this as Reuters reported.  

‘Under the previous two administrations, the U.S. government has approved export licenses to Ukraine, so this is nothing new’, Nauert said.

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She emphasized that Ukraine is able to purchase the weapons from the US manufacturers but such supplies are not made by the US government.

The license covers weapons in categories such as semi-automatic and automatic firearms up to, and including .50 caliber weapons. It also includes combat shotguns, silencers, military scopes, and flash suppressors, as well as parts.

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As we reported the Trump Administration has approved the first ever U.S. commercial sale of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine, in a clear break from the de facto U.S. ban on arms sales of the Obama administration. The move was strongly supported by top Trump national security Cabinet officials and Congress but may complicate President Trump’s stated ambition to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Earlier Senator James Inhofe wrote a letter to President Trump encouraging increased support for Ukraine.

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“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

 

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