Ukraine and the United States continue negotiations on the purchase by Kyiv of three large quantities of weapons, the deal is due to take place this year, Ukrainian Ambassador to Washington Volodymyr Yelchenko said on May 12.
He recalled that two boats Island Ukraine has already received last year. Now, it is planned to transfer three more, but while the coronavirus slows down the process.
In addition, the ambassador indicated that this year Kyiv purchased, but did not receive, within the framework of assistance, American Javelin anti-tank systems.
In the future, the Ukrainian side also intends to continue to buy US weapons.
“There are some other types of weapons that are especially important today in the Donbas, in eastern Ukraine for our protection. We are talking about at least three large parties, and I will not specify, ”Yelchenko emphasized.
In his opinion, Kyiv will complete purchases before the end of the year.
For the first time, the former president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko proposed to buy American Javelin complexes in 2015. The USA did not dare for such deliveries for a long time. During the presidency of Barack Obama, his administration transferred to Kyiv dry packs, first-aid kits, uniforms, but not lethal weapons.
The situation changed after the victory in the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump. Washington handed over to Kyiv the first batch of anti-tank missiles in the spring of 2018. It was about 37 complexes and more than 200 missiles worth $ 47 million.
Moscow noted that such deliveries could aggravate the situation in the Donbas.