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Pentagon offers plan to arm Ukraine - Kremlin replies with warning

All countries should avoid actions which may lead to an escalation of tensions in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported citing US diplomats and military officials that the US state and defense departments had devised a plan to supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry. 

According to the media outlet, the Pentagon and the State Department are seeking the approval of the White House on the issue.

"Our position on the issue is well known – we believe that all countries, especially the countries which somehow seek a role in reconciliation, should avoid any actions which could trigger another round of tensions in this already difficult region," Peskov told reporters when asked whether Russia was planning any negotiations with Washington or any actions to help eastern Ukraine.

On Monday, reports in the US media emerged saying that the US Defense and State Departments came up with a plan to supply Ukraine with antitank missiles and other weaponry and were awaiting White House approval. The arms, which are characterized as defensive, are apparently meant to deter aggressive actions by Russia in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing American military officials and diplomats.

The plan is supported by Kurt Volker, the recently appointed US special representative to Ukraine, who said last week that the conflict in eastern Ukraine was a "hot war," and that Washington should deliver lethal weapons to Kiev to "stop Russia."

"US weapons would undoubtedly exacerbate the situation" - Expert

Ukrainian political scientist Ivan Mezyuho says to Sputnik News, that he cannot exclude that the 'anti-Russian hysteria' prevalent in Washington at the moment might induce the US to go ahead with the supply of the weapons.

"I cannot exclude the supply of new weapons by the US to Ukraine, given the anti-Russian hysteria that prevails in Washington, including in the ranks of the Republican Party. Of course, I doubt that the Americans could completely satiate the appetites of the Ukrainian military, but some types of US armaments may indeed be delivered to Kiev," the commentator said, speaking to Radio Sputnik.

"Moreover, such weapons may be supplied on the condition that instructors from the US, rather Ukrainian ones, manage them directly," Mezyuho added. The expert warned that the supply of such US weapons would undoubtedly exacerbate the situation in the hot spots both in and around Ukraine.

First of all, "Ukraine would like to use the US weapons in the so-called 'anti-terrorist zone' [in the Donbas," Mezyuho said. Second, "given that Kiev's actions are completely unpredictable, the weapons from abroad might find their way even on the border with the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic," (another breakaway territory in neighboring Moldova), he added.

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According to: Sputnik


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