Peter, Porosencova: Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the member countries of the European Union to provide Kiev with defensive weapons, as well as to qualify Russia as “aggressor country” and the party to the conflict in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. On Monday, March 12, reports “Interfax”.
“The time has come to facilitate the provision by member countries of the EU of defensive weapons to Ukraine in accordance with national and international legislation”, — said Poroshenko at a briefing with high representative of the Union for foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.
In his opinion, “after four years since the Russian aggression against Ukraine, it is time for the EU to call an aggressor an aggressor and a party to the conflict”.
“Read with this situation in the Donbass, and also in order to see with my own eyes how Russia performs its part of the Minsk agreements, I turned to Mrs. Mogherini to submit in the near future Donbass the second mission of the ambassadors Committee on security policy of the EU”, — said the Ukrainian leader reminded that the first mission visited the Donbass in September 2015.
“I think what we need to do more significant role in European diplomacy in the liberation of hostages in the Donbas and Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia”, — said Poroshenko.
2 March it became known about the decision of the US state Department to approve the sale of Javelin to Ukraine in the amount of $ 47 million. The Pentagon said that the ATGM will help Ukraine to build long-term defense to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Notice of its decision, the state Department sent to Congress. Defense News said that we are talking about 210 missiles and 37 launchers. Request about their purchase Kiev had previously sent to Washington.
On 21 February, the special representative of the state Department in Ukraine Kurt Volker said the United States is not limited to delivery to the country of the Javelin. He noted that the goal of Washington — “to fill the gaps in service with the Ukrainian army, increasing its ability to defend their country”. In January, Volcker reported that the Javelin is not designed for use on lines of the conflict in the Donbass.
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