MOSCOW, February 4 (Sputnik) — France has no plans to deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine despite sharp deterioration of the situation in the crisis-hit country, Reuters reported Wednesday citing Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
"We have no intention of delivering weapons at this stage to Ukraine," Reuters quoted Le Drian as saying at a news conference with Canadian Defense Minister Robert Nicholson.
Le Drian stressed that a political solution must be found to the current standoff between Kiev authorities and self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics in eastern Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the Donetsk People's Republic forces found ammunition used exclusively in NATO countries that the Ukrainian Army is not usually equipped with.
Last Monday, Ukrainian authorities met with NATO members in Brussels, requesting additional military assistance from the alliance.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov harshly criticized the deliveries of weapons by a number of NATO members and European Union countries, saying this move went against EU and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) norms.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that no lethal weapons had been delivered to Kiev by the West, despite an announcement made by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in September that a number of NATO countries had agreed to supply the country with modern weapons. Presidential adviser Yuri Lutsenko later claimed that an agreement on the supply of weapons from the United States, France, Poland, Norway and Italy had been reached at the NATO summit in Wales. However these countries denied the statement.
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