Ukrainian troops conducted military exercises on the Russian-Ukrainian border in early December, and Ukrainian President Boroshenko watched the exercises on the spot. (Source: Reuters)
Overseas Network, Dec. 18, U.S. State Departments Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volcker, said recently that Washington would not rule out providing Ukraine with additional lethal weapons if necessary at its request.
According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, Volcker said that the United States Congress is currently considering the inclusion of new aid to Ukraine in the 2019 budget. In response to questions from reporters, Volcker said: If necessary, it is not excluded that additional lethal weapons should be provided at the request of Ukraine.
Reported that in 2018, the United States, Lithuania, Britain and Canada provided Ukraine with lethal weapons and other military equipment worth more than $40 million.
The Russian side has repeatedly warned about the U.S. plan to supply weapons to Ukraine, pointing out that similar measures will only lead to an escalation of the conflict in Dunbas. Russian Presidential Press Secretary Peskov has said that supplying weapons to Ukraine from outside will not help solve the Dunbas crisis and implement the Minsk Agreement. Russias deputy foreign minister, Gregory Karachin, also said Russia was uneasy about the U.S. plan to supply deadly weapons to Ukraine.
According to media reports, in December last year, the United States announced the sale of 210 light javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine for $47 million. In addition, the United States is said to have supplied Kiev with M107A1 sniper rifles.
Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Li Hang_BJS4645