The Trump administration intends to sell 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 37 launch units to the Ukrainian government, The Washington Post is reporting.
Following a report in December that the U.S. State Department was aiming to provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities" in order to help "defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity and deter further aggression", officials this week have reportedly finalized the deal and the proposition is headed to Congress.
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On February 17, President Poroshenko said Ukraine would receive more aid from the USA, beyond Javelins, in the framework of military-technical cooperation.
"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Ukraine", DSCA states.
Congress will now have 30 days to approve or block the weapons sale.
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However, Russia has repeatedly warned against supplies of lethal arms to Ukraine, saying that such actions would exacerbate the conflict in the country's eastern Donbass region.
"We have all possibilities to cooperate with the United States and to increase our cooperation including in the defense sector", he said. "That's why the decision by the United States to supply lethal weapons is important for us", he said. "We don't regard that as the behavior of a responsible global player". Russian-backed rebels took over the Crimean Peninsula which belonged to Ukraine and annexed it in 2014.
Both the Obama and Trump administrations had expressed concerns in the past that injecting more weapons into the conflict was unlikely to resolve it, especially considering that Russian Federation is well-equipped to respond to any Ukrainian escalation with an even stronger escalation of its own.
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The United States, under Obama, also imposed sanctions on Russian Federation for its invasion and annexation of Crimea.