Walker on the US decision to provide weapons to Ukraine: It was actually the restrictions of age of Obama

The decision of the administration of the President of the United States to give Ukraine lethal defensive weapons became possible thanks to easing of restrictions by the administration of the 44th President Barack Obama. About it in interview of radio station «Echo of Moscow» said the special envoy of the US state Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker.

He said that Ukraine is defending its territory. Walker recalled that during the conflict in the Donbass killed more than 10 thousand Ukrainians.

«This decision was in fact the lifting of restrictions since the Obama administration. President Obama at the time, imposed restrictions on provision of assistance to Ukraine from the USA. The US established relations in the field of defense with many countries, but Ukraine was, in fact, allocated in a separate category. So now we have lifted restrictions, allowing you to treat Ukraine like any other country,» he said.

According to Volcker, he always believed that any country has the right to self-defense.

«And in this case we are dealing with the situation, when Ukraine is fighting on its territory to defend it and its population. They are fairly skilled in doing this, they have their defensive production, but the Ukrainians have and the lack of arms. So I think that Ukraine is reasonable to want to protect themselves and seek outside help in this matter,» – said the diplomat.

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». In a statement, the us administration noted that «Ukraine is a sovereign country and has the right to defend itself.»

On the same day, President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that Ukraine will receive lethal defensive weapons from the United States.




Walker on the US decision to provide weapons to Ukraine: It was actually the restrictions of age of Obama 29.12.2017

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