U.S. administration views rocket deliveries to Ukraine favorably
According to the Wall Street Journal, citing its own sources, the U.S. administration is ready to approve the sale of anti-tank Javelin rockets to Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko earlier expressed a desire to purchase the weapon system.
The decision of the U.S. administration is coordinated with both houses of the U.S. legislature in the 2018 military budget.
The legislation "authorizes $350 million to provide security assistance to Ukraine, including defensive lethal assistance," the document said.
The budget restricts half of these funds until the U.S. Secretary of Defense "certifies that Ukraine has taken substantial action to make defense institutional reforms critical to sustaining capabilities developed using security assistance," it noted.
Poroshenko earlier said Kyiv would be given $500 million worth of "lethal defensive weapons."
The British non-governmental organization European Leadership Network (ELN), commenting on the proposed delivery of weapons to Ukraine, said it would complicate the situation [in Donbas] for the Kremlin.