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Issue of US non-lethal weapons supplies to Kiev settled — Ukrainian lawmaker

March 04, 2015, 8:22 UTC+3 KIEV
A total of $120 million has been allocated for supplies of non-lethal wepons such as radars to spot firing positions of the enemy and unmanned aerial vehicles
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An unmanned aeral vehicle is shown to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (left)

An unmanned aeral vehicle is shown to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (left)

© Nikolay Lazarenko/TASS

KIEV, March 3. /TASS/. The issue of non-lethal weapons supplies to Ukraine has actually been settled, and Ukraine is waiting for the United States’ political decision on supplies of lethal weapons, Andriy Parubiy, the first deputy speaker of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, said on Tuesday.

"The issue of lethal arms supplies is a political one. We hope this political decision will be finally passed, which will, in turn, unblock a path for similar decisions of many other states," he told Telecanal 24.

The issue of non-lethal arms supplies, he said, "is practically settled." "The situation in general is not simple. But as of today we can say for sure: the issue of supplies of non-lethal weapons, such as radars to spot firing positions of the enemy, unmanned aerial vehicles, secure radio communication, has actually been settled. There are only technical aspects of its implementation," he said, commenting on the results of a recent visit to the United States by a Ukrainian delegation.

"A total of $120 million has been allocated for this assistance and now we are tackling technical issues to decide which types of such means Ukraine needs most of all," Parubiy said.

"We hope the efforts we took in New York and Washington will yield results in the nearest future," he said, adding that Kiev asked to supply it with "anti-tank weapons to help our army."

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