WASHINGTON, January 27. /TASS/. The US administration is not planning to exclude any types of weapons from its arms supplies to Ukraine, Pentagon Deputy Spokesperson Sabrina Singh told reporters on Thursday, commenting on possible future arms supplies for the Kiev government.
"I don't know that we've ever drawn a line. We're not going to take anything off the table here. We have given air defense capability systems. <…> In terms of what's next, <…> I'm not going to get ahead of any packages that haven't been announced, or any decisions by the president or the [defense] secretary," she said, when asked whether the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Kiev is possible, as they may be required for providing aerial support to US-made Abrams tanks.
When asked to comment on Russia’s statements regarding risks of providing Kiev with new weapons, Singh replied that Washington does not view these steps as escalatory.
"I've heard that talking point before from them when it was the Javelins [anti-tank systems] that we were giving, or the HIMARS [multiple-launch rocket systems], and then the Patriot [air defense systems]. Everything seems, I guess to be an escalation, I don't view it as that," she said. "I don't view our support for Ukraine as any escalation at all."
According to Pentagon assessments, since the beginning of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, the US has already allocated over $24 billion in military aid to Kiev. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other Russian officials have pointed out the danger Western weapons to Ukraine spreading to other regions. Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov warned that the Western militarization of Ukraine directly threatens European and global security.