10:10 05.02.2018

We're working on most effective mechanism for Javelin systems transfer

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We're working on most effective mechanism for Javelin systems transfer

Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak has said that at a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis the issue of an effective mechanism for the transfer of anti-tank complexes Javelin was discussed.

"We talked about this today [with J. Mattis about the deliveries of Javelin], we discussed the mechanism for transferring anti-tank means ... I think the decision to transfer Javelin to Ukraine will be made very timely and correctly," Poltorak said in an interview with the Ukrainian service Voice of America.

He expressed the opinion that "a temporary transfer schedule does not play an extremely important role."

"We are working to ensure that the mechanism of transfer from the United States to Ukraine is implemented as effectively as possible, while preserving the inviolability of anti-tank assets, ensuring the preservation of technologies, and effectively preparing the use of calculations that will work on these funds," the minister said.

As reported, on December 25, 2017, the ABC News channel, citing several sources in the U.S. State Department, informed of the intention of U.S. President Donald Trump to approve a plan for the supply of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. According to sources, we are talking about the supply of 210 anti-tank missiles and 35 launchers worth $47 million.

If the president formally agrees to the supplies, the plan will be submitted to Congress for consideration within 30 days and then transferred to the State Department, the TV channel reported.

On January 29, 2018, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker reported that Ukraine and the United States were working together to transfer the Javelin missile systems to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but this requires time: It takes time to prepare everything: objects where everything will be preserved. We work together on how to transport and attract them to the work of the Armed Forces.

On February 2, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that cooperation with the U.S. on the provision of the Javelin complexes was underway, but Ukraine had not received them yet. At the same time, he expressed hope for the speedy transfer of complexes to Ukraine.

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