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The issue of providing lethal weapons to Ukraine in the White house, but the decision takes time.

The decision on granting Ukraine lethal weapons is already under consideration at the White house. However, it requires more time for decision by US President Donald trump, who feels political pressure on this issue from Congress.
This was stated by the President of the influential analytical center The Jamestown Foundation (Washington) Glen Howard comments “UKRINFORM”.
“If to speak about prospects, they look lovely. The Minister of defence Mattis called for a visit to Ukraine and discussed the issue of weapons. The decision-making process is now in the walls of the White house,” – said the expert.
He noted, however, that the administration is not yet ready to do it, “and, obviously, the President trump is not ready to sign the order”. The reason is that the White house is under pressure from the Congress about the need for military support of Ukraine and imposing additional sanctions against Russia for its aggression in Eastern Europe. In addition, there are many other factors which contribute to this pressure, stated Howard.
The United States will continue to provide assistance to the Ukrainians, many different assistance. The question of lethal weapons, of course, will be solved, but it requires a little more time, – said Howard.
In this regard, he agreed that arming Ukraine is able to cause a more rapid effect in terms of pressure on Russia than sanctions.
“Sanctions weaken Russia, but they should be more painful. They have an effect on Russia, but a lethal weapon, I think, can create an immediate impact on the situation,” he said.
At the same time, Howard urged Kiev not to focus only on the question of lethal arms. Key national priority, he said, should be the completion of the reform of the defense sector, “that no one can stop”, as well as Ukraine’s accession to NATO. There are many other problems that must be solved immediately, such as stopping the construction of the Russian bridge across the Kerch Strait.
“Right now the focus on these important points, and to address the issue of lethal weapons takes time,” concluded the President of The Jamestown Foundation.

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