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U.S. considers option of arming Ukraine

Staff Writer | August 3, 2017
The Pentagon and State Department have sent plans to supply arms to Ukraine to the White House for approval.
Ukraine army
Tensions   There is a discussion at higher levels
This is according to reports by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal - a prospect that would deeply unsettle Moscow at a time of chilled relations between the US and Russia, CNN reported.

Pentagon spokesperson U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza told CNN that "The United States has neither provided defensive weapons to Ukraine nor ruled out the option of doing so."

Baldanza added that the Pentagon is "not going to comment about what may or may not be part of internal policy deliberations."

But a U.S. defense official said there is a discussion at higher levels on possibly sending weapons to Ukraine.

The official said this is a notion that was repeatedly discussed under the Obama administration.

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Paul Selva, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on July 18 that US European Command was preparing a proposal about what a "lethal defensive aid might look like" for Ukraine.

"It will be more than just a military recommendation. This will be a policy choice on whether or not we're going to give the Ukrainian government the tools they need to defend themselves against what we believe to be a Russian-supported insurgency movement in the Donbass," Selva said.