14:16 GMT +315 August 2018
Listen Live
    Washington and NATO are not seeking confrontation with Russia, but will not compromise on international principles vital for European and US security, Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman said

    US Considering All Options for Arming Ukraine - Pentagon

    © Sputnik / David B. Gleason
    US
    Get short URL
    0 327

    The Pentagon is considering all the options for military assistance to Ukraine and no option is out, a senior Defense Department official said in a radio interview on Sunday.

    “We remain in constant contact through our embassy in Kiev with the Ukrainian military and political leadership. We are always aware of their priorities and needs. We estimate what kind of help we can provide. The Secretary of Defense is personally involved in this process and I can assure you that all options to provide weapons to Ukraine are being considered,” Evelyn Farkas, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, said in an interview with the Ukrainian service of the Voice of America.

    Farkas said that Russia had violated international law and that the US was working within the framework of the Minsk accords to make Russia implement them.

    “The Department of Defense has already provided nearly $200 million to help provide security in Ukraine. The assistance was steered to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and its Border Service. That entails military uniforms, armored vehicles, counter-mortar radar, medical items, trainings… We continue to provide assistance because we undertook this commitment,” Evelyn Farkas added.

    The Obama Administration earlier said it was mulling the supply of lethal weapons to Kiev, but later thought better of it. 

    The House of Representatives lower chamber of Congress then approved a resolution urging President Barack Obama to provide Ukraine with "lethal defensive weapon systems" that would better enable the Ukrainian people to defend its sovereignty.

    Related:

    US House Passes Resolution to Send Lethal Aid to Ukraine
    Denmark Rules Out Providing Lethal Aid to Kiev
    Tags:
    lethal aid, Ukrainian crisis, Department of Defense, US Congress, Ukrainian Armed Forces, Evelyn Farkas, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment