Ukrainian Vice-Prime-Minister: Washington close to a decision on the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine
The Ukrainian Vice-Prime-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, has stated that Ukraine is drawing closer to a decision by the United States on the provision of lethal defensive weapons.
"I certainly would not name any dates related to when the decision by the US on whether to grant Ukraine lethal defensive weapons will be finally decided. However, from the way we are negotiating, and how the dialogue is developing, I would say that we have come very close to the adoption of such a decision by the United States, which for us will primarily mean an opportunity to better protect the lives of our defenders in the east and, in addition, raise the price of attacks by the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” said Klympush-Tsintsadze in an interview with Voice of America, which was released on Tuesday.
The Vice-Prime-Minister noted that the decision to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons will ultimately be a political decision for US authorities, and that now "it is clear they are weighing the pros and cons of such a decision, and that there is an analysis being undertaken of how ready Ukraine is for quality handling of high-tech weapons and control, even from a purely technical point of view”.