Top US General backs giving lethal weapons to Ukraine

Russia' agressive behavior since 2008 is why Ukraine should be provided with lethal weaponry

Top US General backs giving lethal weapons to Ukraine

World Bulletin / News Desk

General Mark Milley, who was nominated to be the next Army chief of staff, said that US should "seriously consider" providing Ukraine with lethal weaponry. He also noted that Russia has a large nuclear arsenal and it behaves "very, very aggressive" since 2008.

"They've attacked and invaded Georgia, they've seized the Crimea, they've attacked into the Ukraine," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "That's worrisome."

In view of the bombardment of Ukraine by artillery and rocket fire from Russian-backed rebels since last year, Milley said, "I would be in favor of providing Kyiv with lethal defensive equipment."

The United States has resisted equipping Ukraine with lethal weapons previously due to concerns about escalating the conflict. But Milley's statement is the latest sign that the Pentagon may now be considering it.

Milley said he also favors temporarily increasing and rotating U.S. ground forces in Europe to reassure allies and deter Russian aggression. The Army is already prepositioning equipment and engaging in exercises.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2015, 10:44