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US finalizes sale of 150 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine

US finalizes sale of 150 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine”

The State Department has approved a sale of military equipment to Ukraine that includes 150 anti-tank missiles to help fight Russia-backed separatists.

"The State Department adopted a decision on the possible sale to Ukraine of 150 Javelin missiles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost not to exceed $39.2 million", the report says.

The latest sale must still be approved by Congress, where support for Ukraine remains strong and where initial approval was earlier given for the sale.

"What Ukraine really needs today is a settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict, an end to the crisis in many fields, a better situation in the economy and struggle against corruption, the harmonization of internal political processes and the search for identity", spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on October 3.

In the record of U.S. President Donald Trump's call released by the White House last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy expressed readiness to purchase more Javelins from the U.S. for defense purposes.

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However, Wolters also repeatedly said the possibility that the transfer of Javelins and other military aid to Ukraine might be delayed never came up in conversations with either his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or Ukraine counterparts, even after allegations went public of a questionable phone call Trump made in July to Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine's president.

In their impeachment inquiry, House Democrats have charged that Trump used a phone call to threaten that military aid would be held up unless Ukraine agreed to investigate former Vice President Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Editor's comment: Ukraine has been engaged in a conflict with Russian Federation over the latter's annexation of Crimea and has moved closer to Washington and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over the years.

In April, the US began delivery of more than 200 Javelin anti-tank missiles and about 37 launchers to Ukraine, and Wolters said he would back sending more Javelins to Ukraine.

The Javelin missile system is produced by a joint venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Then please consider donating today to ensure that Eurasia Review can continue to be able to provide similar content.



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