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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
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    Germany is focused on bringing the Minsk agreement to life rather than sending weapons or military instructors to Ukraine, according to German Government press spokesman Steffen Seibert.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – The German government is currently not considering plans to send weapons or instructors to Ukraine, German Government press spokesman Steffen Seibert said Wednesday.

    “This isn’t being talked about right now in Germany. We are talking about bringing the Minsk agreement to life,” Seibert said told journalists.

    Earlier on Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that Paris would not be sending military instructors or delivering equipment to Ukraine as opposed to Great Britain, which plans to send at least 75 instructors in the near future.

    British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Tuesday that Britain was committed to providing additional non-lethal aid to Ukraine to help Kiev forces "deal with the pressures they are facing."

    Kiev authorities have repeatedly requested the United States and other countries to supply the country with lethal weapons. While a number of European countries, including Germany and France, have refused to deliver arms to Ukraine, the United States is yet to make a decision.

    On Tuesday, Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said that the United Arab Emirates had agreed to supply Ukraine with weapons and military hardware.

    The UAE decision comes amid ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the line of contact in the war-torn Donbas region, which was agreed on by the warring sides earlier in February in Belarusian capital Minsk.

    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)


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