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    The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed US officials as saying that the White House had agreed to supply lethal weapons to Kiev, including Javelin anti-tank missiles.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US administration on Thursday denied media reports that claimed it had approved "in principle" sending lethal weapons to Ukraine.

    "No, this is wrong," the White House national security official Michael Anton has told Sputnik.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attends a ceremony to hand over weapons and military vehicles to servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces in Chuhuiv outside Kharkiv, Ukraine, October 15, 2016
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    The Wall Street Journal's article came out a day after Congress unveiled a new US defense spending bill that authorized $350 million in security aid for Ukraine in 2018. Part of this money was earmarked for "defensive lethal assistance."

    Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that a decision by the United States to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine would fuel the conflict in the country's east, an argument voiced by former President Barack Obama in rejecting similar proposals.

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