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Russian lawmaker: Munich Security Conference made US refrain from arms supplies to Ukraine

March 10, 2015, 19:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The chairman of the international committee of Russia’s Federation Council supposes US must have conducted an analysis and arrived at a conclusion that further pressure would be useless
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MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. The Munich Security Conference might have had a sobering effect on the United States, which has finally decided to refrain from weapons supplies to Ukraine, a Russian lawmaker said on Tuesday.

"I think Munich was a kind of turning point when the Americans tried to push a decision on arms supplies to Ukraine through the European Union, through the German Chancellor, but met with resolute and pure refusal," said Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the international committee of Russia’s Federation Council (the upper house of parliament). "After that they must have conducted an analysis and arrived at a conclusion that further pressure would be useless."

Many Europeans, according to Kosachev, "do not believe in a military solution to this conflict and will do their best to resist the idea of weapons supplies to Kiev." "I think Munich was a sobering element in this process," he said, adding that now the Americans had lifted pressure they had been exerting on the European Union in the recent months.

Earlier, German Ambassador to US Peter Wittig told Associated Press that after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington on February 9, US President Barack Obama made the decision to refrain from weapons supplies to Ukraine.

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