Washington promises to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine

UAWIRE

February 2, 2021

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, that Washington is ready to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine.

“Anthony Blinken assured Dmytro Kuleba of the readiness of the new U.S. administration to develop strong economic and military support for Ukraine, including the provision of lethal weapons,” reported the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on its website.

In addition, Kuleba stressed the importance of involving the United States in the implementation of the Crimean platform and received assurances of U.S. support for this initiative.

The parties discussed joint efforts to counter hybrid threats and misinformation. Kuleba informed Blinken about the initiative to create an international center in Ukraine to counter disinformation and propaganda and said that Kyiv is ready to share its experience in this area.

In October last year, then-US presidential candidate Joe Biden promised to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine. Later, Blinken also confirmed Biden administration’s intentions to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine.

At the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine in 2014, the United States decided not to send weapons to Ukraine. The White House did have a long-running dispute on this issue, but U.S leadership decided that supplying weapons to Ukraine “will push” Russia to escalate the conflict.

In December 2017, The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump’s administration approved the sale of lethal weapons to Ukraine for $41.5 million. Later, U.S. media reported that the total cost of the defense package will be $47 million. The publication BuzzFeed, citing sources in the U.S. government wrote that Trump does not want to give Ukraine weapons for free.

In December 2020, Ukraine signed a contract with the United States for the supply of Javelin anti-tank missile systems. Ukraine received the first shipment of Javelins worth $47 million in the spring of 2018. Then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch said that Ukraine was given these weapons free of charge.

Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the program of military assistance for Ukraine provides for both free weapons and their sales. In the summer of 2019, the U.S. Embassy reported that, for the first time, Ukraine asked the U.S. to sell weapons.

8 comments

  • What kind of weapons? Ammount? When?

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    • I guess we’ll only know if they’re serious after a few months has passed. If they are as they claim, committed to protecting Ukraine’s security, they should be preparing a new military doctrine designed to ensure that any further advance into Ukraine territory will be catastrophic for the enemy.
      Let us hope that there are no more filthy putinoid scum like Flynn hiding amongst the Generals.

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      • Yeah. I served in two armies. I loved and lived the military. I was drilled for maximum strength and discipline. How comes that the Pentagon and Nato since 2008 sound like pussies? How will Putin ever back downe as long as we have half-assed lickers in charge? To contain Mordor one needs to be uncompromising to the core. Let the corrupt krauts whine as if there’s no tomorrow, but never sacrifice fundamental principles of international law.

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  • I suspect that this is another ” saber rattling ” message to Putin to discourage him from following his old playbook of beginning an invasion to distract the Russian people when he is having trouble at home.

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  • I don’t expect the Biden regime to make good on such a promise. His mentor, Obama, wouldn’t give lethal aid. Trump did. I hope Biden does make good, but don’t expect it.

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    • This is from the NY Times, which I always take with a grain of salt, but it gives me some optimism.

      When Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2014, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pressed President Barack Obama to take decisive action, and fast, to make Moscow “pay in blood and money” for its aggression. The president, a Biden aide recalled, was having none of it.

      Mr. Biden worked Mr. Obama during their weekly private lunches, imploring him to increase lethal aid, backing a push to ship FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles to Kiev. The president flatly rejected the idea and dispatched him to the region as an emissary, cautioning him “about not overpromising to the Ukrainian government,”

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      • ‘Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pressed President Barack Obama to take decisive action, and fast, to make Moscow “pay in blood and money” for its aggression.’
        Making them pay very heavily in blood and money is exactly what is needed. Let’s see what happens. If he lives up to that intention, that would at least go some of the way towards correcting the cruel and terrible injustice that has been inflicted, entirely without justification, on a nation that has already had to suffer 360 years of Russian occupation, genocide, thieving, identity theft and emasculation.

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        • Absolutely, I have said this before but it bears repeating. The United States
          is bound by international agreement to assist Ukraine in the defense of its territorial integrity.Even more so, it is honor bound as the world’s sole democratic superpower to defend a fledgling democracy fighting for its life.
          If Biden is looking to find common ground with all Americans, this is the one thing that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on..

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