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US considers supplying lethal weapon to Ukraine

2 february 2015 | 14:45

Those in Washington who had opposed the transfer of lethal weapons for Ukraine have changed their views.

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US seriously discuss the possibility of supplying lethal weapon to Ukraine
After pro-Russian forces escalated their attacks in eastern Ukraine, the US began to seriously talk supplying lethal weapon for Ukrainian Armed Forces. In particular, such a move is supported by NATO Allied Commander in Europe, Philip M. Breedlove.

This is what writes the New York Times today. The US military is not the only one in Washington, who earlier supported diplomatic efforts in resolving the conflict in Ukraine, and now considers it appropriate to return to the issue of weapon supplies for Ukrainian forces.

The Obama's administration also began to reexamine the possibility of assistance for Ukrainian Armed Forces in recent weeks. Although, earlier, the US president opposed supplying lethal weapons for Ukraine.

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US Secretary of State, John Kerry is going to visit Kyiv next Thursday. He also started a new debate in Washington on the weapons' transfer to Ukraine. The same actions were initiated by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. The armament of Ukraine is also supported by the US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who will soon leave his post.

Susan Rice, the National Security Advisor to the US President was the main opponent of the move, reports the New York Times. But, now she is more ready to change her view on the issue.

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US Senator Robert Menendez, a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Senate, has sent an open letter to the US Secretary of State John Kerry, calling on the administration to accelerate the implementation of the Ukraine Freedom Support Act adopted earlier. The US has already given $ 2 billion in frames of the document. On 29, January it became known that the US budget project would include a provision for the giving of an additional $ 1 billion loan guarantees for Ukraine.

Source: The New York Times

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