16:09 May. 19, 2016
Gen. Petr Pavel stipulates supplying arms may escalate tensions
The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel sees no reason to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons. Pavel made the comments during a conversation with a Ukrainian information agency 'Apostrophe'.
When asked a question whether NATO allies should supply lethal weapons to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Peter Pavel said: "There is no need in it because arms supplies and combat systems can increase suffering of people".
According to the NATO Military Committee Chairman, the Alliance should support the Ukrainian side but avoid fueling the conflict.
Peter Pavel added that NATO constantly holds military drills for Ukrainian soldiers, provides non-lethal equipment and takes measures to enhance the defensive potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
He continued that Ukraine was already provided surveillance equipment by NATO support programs.
"This is one of the types of the equipment that is provided for exercises of Ukrainian military officers", Pavel stated.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N Samantha Power in April 2016 said: "The White House believes that a military solution to the conflict would be a disaster for all ... If we double down on that and give lethal weapons to Ukraine, we will make Ukrainians suffer even more. That will hurt much more people".
Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) claimed that the Alliance needs to provide the Ukrainians with what they need to protect their territory and sovereignty.