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Ukraine's Foreign Minister Contented With Military Cooperation With US

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Ukraine is contented with the level of its military cooperation with the United States and other countries, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

UNITED NATIONS, September 23 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine is contented with the level of its military cooperation with the United States and other countries, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said.

"We are very grateful not only for the US efforts, but for such support from a number of our partners in France," Klimkin said on Monday, regarding the Washington's decision to provide Kiev with non-lethal weapons.

"We are talking about military technical cooperation. It's important to train some military forces to get them able to defend Ukraine of course, but it's not just the point of getting lethal or not lethal, it is about getting the full spectrum of military technical cooperation," Klimkin explained

Last week Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visited the United States, where he asked for weapons shipments.

After that, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, allocating $350 million in fiscal year 2015 on military assistance to Ukraine, including anti-tank and anti-armor weapons and tactical troop-operated surveillance drones. The Act also designates Ukraine as the US major Non-NATO ally.

However, this bill has not been adopted yet.

In mid-April, Kiev authorities launched a special military operation to suppress independence supporters in the southeast of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government forces and southeastern Ukraine's independence supporters agreed on a ceasefire and an "all-for-all" prisoner exchange on September 5 at a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine held in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

According to the United Nations, about 3,000 people have been killed and more than 6,000 injured since the beginning of the conflict.

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