August 1, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– RusVesna.su, translated by Tom Winter –
Ministry of Foreign Affairs comment on the idea of supplying American weapons to Ukraine: “They have to add fuel to the fire.”
Apparently the developers of the American plan to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine consider the situation in the Donbass is not sufficiently explosive. This was stated by Mikhail Ulyanov, Director of the Department on Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, TsarGrad reports.
According to Ulyanov, there is a feeling that the Americans want to add fuel to the fire. Their explanation that it is a matter of supplying arms of an exclusively defensive nature does not change the essence of the matter.
“The militiamen do not attempt to expand the territory they control, so there is no one to defend Kiev from,” he said.
Earlier it became known that the US military is ready to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine. This was stated by General of the US Air Force Paul Selva. Ukraine in turn stated that it is ready to accept lethal weapons from the US in the event that the US authorities adopt such a decision.
The Wall Street Journal, citing US officials, on Monday reported that the Pentagon and the US State Department had developed a plan for delivering anti-tank missiles and other weapons to Ukraine. Approvals from the White House have not yet been received.
“At the same time, those circles in Ukraine, who tend to rely on force, would probably perceive American supplies as a encouragement to military action. Responsibility for this development would fall not only on Kiev, but also on Washington,” added a senior diplomat.
Most European politicians are against the supply of arms to Ukraine. Thus, the ex-Foreign Minister of Germany, former OSCE chairman, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier previously stated that the supply of arms to Ukraine is a very risky and counterproductive way out of the crisis. Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel has said that he does not see the need for supplies.
For more information on weapons for Ukraine, see Trump — who? Pentagon planning.