Friday, 19 October, 2018

US Plans to Sell Antitank Missiles to Ukraine

Valery Sharifulin  TASS Valery Sharifulin TASS
Nellie Chapman | 03 March, 2018, 03:13

"Defensive weapons are not provocative unless you're an aggressor, and clearly, Ukraine is not an aggressor, since it's their own territory where the fighting is happening", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said previous year during a trip to Kiev.

That sets off a 30-day clock for Congress to block the sale if it so chooses. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. But lawmakers from both parties have been broadly supportive of selling lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine.

The State Department approved the sale of more than 200 portable anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.

The Government of Ukraine has requested to buy two hundred ten (210) Javelin Missiles and thirty-seven (37) Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) (includes two (2) Javelin CLUs to be used as spares).

The proposed sale is meant to boost Ukraine's long-term defense capacity and support the country's efforts to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, DSCA added. The U.S. has sanctions imposed against Russian entities and individuals due to the attack on Ukraine.

The Pentagon's statement added that the proposed sale would not alter the region's military balance.

Previously the USA has provided Ukraine with small arms, as well as training and support equipment.

While the US President, Donald Trump, has made it clear that the US presence in Syria was to carry out the extermination of Daesh, Russia's intentions have always been to support their ally, Bashar al-Assad. Ukraine accuses Russian Federation of sending the tanks, and the US says Moscow is arming, training and fighting alongside the separatists.