US Has No Plans to Deliver Lethal Weapons to Ukraine 'For Now'

© AP Photo / Evgeniy MaloletkaFile photo of Ukrainian troops ride on tanks near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
File photo of Ukrainian troops ride on tanks near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The United States is not planning to deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine as the country is capable of manufacturing its own, US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt said Wednesday.

KIEV (Sputnik) — On Monday, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly said that Kiev expected to receive the first 2016 military deliveries from the United States in the coming months.

“For now we are not planning on [delivering] lethal systems, but frankly Ukraine’s capabilities in terms of producing your own lethal equipment are much greater than they were two years ago,” Pyatt said in an interview with the Ukrainian News Agency.

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In November 2015, US President Barack Obama signed a 2016 defense budget bill into law, which includes the provision of $300 million in military assistance to Kiev.

In December 2015, the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States said that Washington had increased its assistance to Ukraine to $658.1 million, which included logistical support, training and the delivery of lethal weapons of a defensive nature.

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