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Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

17:03:47
05/12/2017

segodnya.ua

Granting powerful lethal weapons is a separate decision, which is made by the US President…

Ukraine already receives operational-tactical weapons from the US under a commercial contract, in particular grenade launchers. This was stated in an interview to “Radio Svoboda” by the plenipotentiary ambassador of Ukraine in the US Valery Chaly.

“This is not the only contract. I can only say that all the contracts that exist are within the framework of international legislation. And Ukraine, as a country that adequately meets the requirements of export control, has the right to purchase arms. The list is longer, but is limited to weapons of a tactical nature, including lethal ones. That’s why it was strange for me to hear from some politicians of ours that America doesn’t provide weapons. America gives weapons, but these weapons are operational-tactical. It is the next stage of deepening cooperation and, obviously, a more powerful signal to Russia,” he stated.

According to Chaly, the US President Donald Trump will sign the bill granting $50 million to Ukraine for lethal weapons, which already passed through Congress and Senate this year.

“I think that it will happen this year. And as for granting more powerful lethal weapons, this is a separate decision, which is made by the President, all preparatory procedures are being carried out today. This is a political decision, and it will be adopted taking into account the national interests of the US. We hope that our argument – that granting such weapons before the presidential elections in Russia is very important, and will become an additional lever of influence – will be heard,” said the ambassador.

“Washington has a clear position concerning Ukraine and the joint protection of security in Europe, and therefore the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Meetings between the President of Ukraine, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and American partners showed that the understanding of the importance of Ukraine and the need for joint action was accurately noted by the American side,” added Chaly.

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  • Vtran

    Nothing new … Yanks been providing weapons prior to revolution of dignity