Monday, March 16, 2015

US Plans to Supply Ukraine With Weapons and Undermine Minsk Agreements

Poroshenko Lost Sole Authority as Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief  - Lavrov

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lost his sole authority as commander-in-chief 
16.03.2015

After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? 



The Russian foreign minister added that Washington's plans to send arms to the war-torn Ukraine derail the peace process.

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Lethal Aid to Ukraine Might Lead to 'Point of No Return' - Steinmeier


MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lost his sole authority as commander-in-chief on using military forces in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

“In general, there’s a suspicion that the invariable and immutable authority on using the armed forces in any normal country begins to cloud, an authority that should be with the commander-in-chief,” Lavrov said.

US Plans to Supply Ukraine With Weapons Undermine Minsk Agreements

The US plans to supply Ukraine with weaponry are a clear attempt to violate the Minsk peace accords, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RIA Novosti on Monday.



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Poroshenko, Biden Discuss US Military Aid to Ukraine


On Saturday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with US Vice President Joe Biden to discuss military aid to Ukraine, according to Poroshenko's press service.

"This is a blatant attempt to undermine the Minsk agreements, to violate them, because the accords, on the contrary, call for withdrawal of all foreign [weapons] from Ukraine," the minister stressed.

The minister added that "the majority of Europeans consider such plans as dangerous."

Last week, US President Barack Obama approved an additional $75 million non-lethal military aid package for Kiev, which would include providing equipment such as drones and armored vehicles.



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Minsk Accords Work Despite Poroshenko's Claims – Russian Lawmaker


In December, US Congress authorized the allocation of $350 million to supply lethal arms to Kiev, but the White House did not enact the bill.

Kiev and the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics signed a ceasefire agreement in Minsk last month, in an attempt to end hostilities that, according to UN figures, have killed more than 6,000 people since the conflict erupted in eastern Ukraine last April.


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