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Russian lawmaker warns U.S. not to deliver weapons to Ukraine

Staff Writer | November 20, 2017
The situation in eastern Ukraine will worsen rapidly if the United States supplies offensive weapons to Ukrainian government troops, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Sunday.
Vladimir Shamanov
Tensions   Vladimir Shamanov
If Washington chooses to do so, it will be a very "irresponsible" move, Vladimir Shamanov, head of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee, was quoted by the Sputnik news agency as saying.

The U.S. National Security Council reportedly approved arms sales to Kiev earlier this week amid prolonged conflicts between the government and insurgents in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin confirmed that his country would receive more weapons from the United States, although the time frame is not yet decided.

The possible arms supply could sharply destabilize the situation in the Donbas region, which to some extent has been under control due to efforts made by international organizations and local people, Shamanov said.