: Why doesn't U.S. provide Ukraine with lethal weapons?

10:44 Apr. 18, 2016

Why doesn't U.S. provide Ukraine with lethal weapons?

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power (AP Photo)

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. explains the situation 

The United States does not provide Ukraine with lethal weapons in order not to provoke a further escalation of hostilities in the Donbas region.

This is reported by the U.S. permanent representative to the UN Samantha Power during her interview with Voice of America, which was aired on April 17, according to thr Ukrainian news outlet Zn.ua

"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," said the diplomat.

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Washington believes that economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure on the Kremlin together with successful implementation of reforms in Ukraine will be more effective than heating up the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

"We provided a lot of non-lethal weapons (to Ukraine), including nearly around three billion dollars in loans and other forms of financial assistance. We are investing in reforming the judicial system and anti-corruption efforts. Time is going to show that such a policy and the isolation of Russia will lead to the expected results", said Power.

Earlier, Samantha Power stressed that Crimea is part of the independent Ukraine. She said that the Kremlin-backed occupying authorities in the Crimea seriously violate human rights of religious minorities and ethnic groups. 

In April, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama confirmed the readiness to provide Ukraine with third tranche of USD 1 billion. In addition, the presidents discussed the development of strategic partnership between Ukraine and the USA.

Read also U.S. says it has given Ukraine USD 265 million since conflict in east began 

Washington also announced it will allocate of 335 million dollars to reform Ukraine's security and defence sector.

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