The decision on granting Ukraine lethal defensive weapons is now under consideration at the White house. This was at a hearing of the Senate Committee on armed services on September 26, said the Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the U.S. army Joseph Dunford, reports «Voice of America».
He did not mention the timing of the decision by the Bush Administration.
«In my opinion, from a military point of view, Ukraine needs more capabilities to protect its sovereignty,» Dunford said.
The General recalled that the U.S. had previously provided assistance to Ukraine.
«But we believe that the ability to stop armored vehicles are extremely important to them (the Ukrainians. – «GORDON») private protection. We see this as a military space. If to fill this gap, it will increase the ability of Ukrainians to defend themselves, » – said the General.
Ukraine since the beginning of the military aggression of Russia in the spring of 2014 is holding negotiations with Western countries on the supply of lethal weapons, but so far without success. At the moment, the US supply Kiev only non-lethal aid (including armored Humvee vehicles, the unmanned RQ-11B Raven and counter-battery radars), and assist in the preparation of the Ukrainian military.
July 31 edition of the Wall Street Journal wrote that the US had developed a plan for the delivery of defensive weapons to Ukraine. We are talking about the transfer of anti-tank missiles Javelin and anti-aircraft defense.
In the US budget for 2017 Ukraine has allocated $350 million in aid to strengthen security and defense.
Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly said that the project of the American Federal budget for the 2018 fiscal year includes the provision of lethal weapons.
24 August, during the visit to Kiev, U.S. Secretary of defense James Mattis said that in the United States consider providing Ukraine with defensive lethal weapons.
On September 17, the U.S. Senate adopted draft law «about the budget of U.S. national security needs in 2018». The bill requires the allocation of Ukraine $500 million for defence, said in his Twitter, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. According to the President, the draft law authorizes the granting of lethal weapons of a defensive character.
The decision on providing lethal weapons Ukraine is in the White house – the Pentagon 27.09.2017