February 3rd, 2015
Ukraine’s president has expressed confidence that the U-S will provide the country’s forces with lethal weapons and equipment to fight pro-Russia fighters in the country’s east.
Petro Poroshenko says he has no doubt that the decision on the possible delivery of arms will be approved by both the U-S and Ukraine’s other partners. He added that Kiev needs to have the means to defend itself. Poroshenko made the remarks following reports that the U-S Secretary of State John Kerry is open to fresh talks about sending lethal aid to Ukrainian troops during his visit to Kiev on Thursday. NATO also backs the measure. Washington and its western allies accuse Russia of trying to create a sphere of influence in Ukraine’s volatile east. The Kremlin denies the accusation.
Joaquin Flores, of the Center for Syncretic Study and contributor at Fort Russ, iterates that such statements work against the interests of peace and finding a lasting political settlement, as they send the wrong message to the players in the region. The international community must send a clear message that these sorts of provocations are not productive.