Volker: Ukraine should buy weapons in the US

US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker made a number of high-profile and promising statements during the hearings in the Senate committee (upper house of the US parliament) on foreign affairs devoted to Ukraine. Firstly, he said that Ukraine would never become part of the “Russian Empire”, and secondly, he recommended that the Ukrainian authorities buy weapons in the United States.

If Russia wants Ukraine to become part of the Russian sphere of influence, the “Russian Empire” again, then I think this opportunity is lost. After all, the Ukrainian people will never return there

- declared Walker.

We are making significant efforts to maintain a united and powerful Western policies. The US and the EU imposed sanctions, strengthened them. We lifted restrictions on the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine

- emphasized Walker.

After that, Walker expressed the opinion that Kiev, in response to "courtesies", should respond to Washington with "reciprocity", acquiring the American military machinery and weapons.

At the same time, Walker said that Kiev has certain plans in this regard. Where Kiev is going to take money for this, Walker did not explain. Although it is known that since 2014, Ukraine received $ 1,5 billion in military assistance from the United States.

According to Walker, the priority is the supply to Ukraine of anti-sniper systems, portable anti-tank missile systems (ATGMs) "Javelin" (FGM-148 Javelin), air defense systems and "coastal defense".

Walker added that he will visit Ukraine over the next few days. At the same time, he is ready to meet with Russian colleagues to conduct negotiations on Ukraine. But he does not know when such negotiations can take place, since he does not see Moscow’s readiness to help overcome the crisis in the Donbass.

In addition, Walker said that the date for the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has not yet been determined.

Walker is confident that US cooperation with Zelensky to resolve the conflict in the Donbass is "vital." He believes that the election of Zelensky as president provides a chance to resolve this issue. At the same time, the USA and the EU should support Zelensky and protect him from the influence of the oligarchs, making his activities independent.
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  1. semsemch Offline semsemch
    semsemch 19 June 2019 14: 00
    First, he said that Ukraine will never become part of the “Russian Empire”

    Everything can be.
    Although this seems to be wrong. At least in relation to part of Ukraine.
    There is an option to return this part. But it is so costly (in all respects) that you will think 100 times whether it is necessary to do this at all. After all, every event has its own threshold of profitability. Not only in the economic sense of the word.
    Maybe other options will be drawn a little later. Less expensive.
    Or maybe this option will float away over time.
    This is all for Grandma Wang questions.

    secondly, recommended to the Ukrainian authorities to buy weapons in the United States.

    If you want a good and high-quality weapon, you have to buy it there. But EXPENSIVE.
    Therefore, most often they buy at a price-quality ratio. And with this approach, options are possible.