Known as considering supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons, it sent anti-tank missiles

 Known as considering supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons, it sent anti-tank missiles

DATA FIGURE: Soldiers Launch Javelin Antitank Missiles

[Global Network Military Dec. 18] Russian Satellite News Agency reported on Dec. 17 that Kurt Volcker, Special Representative of Ukraine to the United States Department of State, said Washington would not rule out providing additional lethal weapons to Ukraine at its request if necessary. Volcker said the U.S. Congress is currently considering including 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. He pointed out that Russia has also greatly strengthened its military forces in Crimea.

Volcker told the media that Russia has increased its military deployment around Ukraine. Its all true, and its not what happened in the last week or two. Russia has been doing this in recent years, he said.

The U.S. government approved the supply of Javelin portable anti-tank missile systems and other weapons to Kiev in 2017. Previously, despite repeated requests from the Ukrainian side, it was rejected by the Obama administration.

The Russian Federation has repeatedly warned about plans to supply weapons to Ukraine, as similar initiatives will only lead to an escalation of the conflict in Dunbas. Russian Presidential Press Secretary Peskov has repeatedly 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, said Russia was uneasy about plans to supply deadly weapons to Ukraine.

In 2018, the United States, Lithuania, Britain and Canada provided Ukraine with lethal weapons and other military equipment worth more than $40 million.

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