"That is still on the table," Carter said during a testimony at the Senate when asked why Washington has not started providing lethal assistance to Kiev.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan legislation to strengthen US sanctions against Russia due to the country’s alleged involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine — the accusations Moscow has repeatedly denied.
The legislation, dubbed the Stability and Democracy for Ukraine Act, also requires the Department of State to lay out a strategy to counter Russian "propaganda."
Kiev authorities launched a military operation against independence militias in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014. In February 2015, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany worked out a ceasefire deal in Minsk later signed by Kiev and the Donbas militias. Despite the agreement, both sides have been reporting violations of the deal.