US approves $175 million arms supply deal to Ukraine


August 24 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

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Izvestia– translated by Inessa Sinchougova

The Head of the Pentagon, James Mattis is on currently a visit to Kiev. 

“If we talk about defensive lethal weapons, we are considering this issue,” he said.

According to the US Secretary of Defense, recommendations on this issue will be presented following the visit. 

“I will now return to my place of work, and based on what I saw and what I learned, I will, of course, inform the country’s leadership about very specific things that I will recommend to implement,” he said.

He also said that the US has already approved the supply of military equipment to the Ukraine for $ 175 million. 

Earlier, US Senator John McCain said that Mattis’s visit to Ukraine opens up the possibility for Washington to begin deliveries of lethal weapons to Kiev. According to McCain, the Ukrainian authorities need such assistance to “protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.”

The senator also said that US President Donald Trump took the first “significant step” to contain Russia by imposing new sanctions against it.

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