13:08 02.01.2018

U.S. military role in Ukraine remains unchanged – Pentagon chief

U.S. military role in Ukraine remains unchanged – Pentagon chief

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said that the role and strength of U.S. troops in Ukraine will remain unchanged.

"Right now, we have some trainers there helping to train their army to NATO standards, and that has a lot to do with making certain it serves the needs of the Ukrainian people, in the way democracies' armies do, so the U.S. military role remains the same," he told reporters on Friday.

He also said that "there are no plans to change that number at all."

According to him, the number of trainers can grow only in the event of an increase in the number of servicemen who will need to be trained.

"I don't think our number has fluctuated in six months, and it's not planned to be now," he said.

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