19:17 13.09.2017

Washington's decision on providing lethal weapons to Ukraine could be soon - Klympush-Tsintsadze

Washington's decision on providing lethal weapons to Ukraine could be soon - Klympush-Tsintsadze

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said the decision of the United States to provide lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine is nearing.

"I certainly would not mention any dates when the decision to grant Ukraine a lethal defensive weapon from the U.S. will be finally made. But from the way we are negotiating and how the dialogue is developing, I would say that we've come very close to adopting such a decision by the United States, which for us will primarily mean an opportunity to better protect the lives of our defenders in the east and, in addition, raise the price of Russian Federation attacks against Ukraine," Klympush-Tsintsadze said in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) news agency, released on Tuesday.

The deputy prime minister said that the decision to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons would ultimately be a political decision of the U.S. authorities, and now "all pros and cons of such a decision are obviously being studied in the country, and "Ukraine's readiness for qualitative treatment with high-tech weapons and control" is being analyzed even from a purely technical point of view.

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