The decision of the administration of the President of the United States to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons must push other member countries of the Alliance to do more to provide the country with military assistance to Kiev to fight Russian aggression. This was stated by Ambassador of Ukraine to NATO Vadim pristayko in an interview with «UKRINFORM».
«Despite the hysteria in Russia about the recent U.S. decision to provide some arms to the Ukraine, which, according to the Kremlin, will destroy the Minsk agreement, it is necessary to remind that we are talking about the permissions on the export to Ukraine of limited volumes of certain types of weapons and parts. Decision on bulk supply of weapons, which would help to repel the Russian attack in the East (of Ukraine. – «GORDON»), if it happens again, we are still waiting,» – said Pristayko.
He called the decision too late.
«We had to get help, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems. But each state individually and, accordingly, the Alliance as to their associations for various reasons, still can’t decide on this step,» – said the Ambassador.
He added that the majority of NATO members look at the US position, and therefore if «be the decision of the administration of Donald trump’s other governments would not hesitate,» said Pristayko.
December 20 edition of the Washington Post reported that the administration of U.S. President Donald trump for the first time has allowed the export of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine. It was argued that commercial license approved by the U.S. state Department, involves the sale of sniper rifles, Barrett M107A1, ammunition and related accessories in the amount of $41.5 million
The US state Department said that Ukraine has bought a small number of these weapons within a few years both before and after the annexation of Crimea by Russia in spring 2014.
December 22, the TV channel ABC News referring to sources in the Department informed that trump will announce the approval they plan to sell anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, including Javelin systems.
On 23 December the state Department announced that it will provide Ukraine with «enhanced defense capabilities».
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia, the United States called the «war-mongering».
Ambassador of Ukraine to NATO to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine: Will the administration’s decision to trump other government will not hesitate 28.12.2017