Date: 2 weeks ago   Category: Politics

The U. S. Congress can allow to deliver to Ukraine the surface-to-air rockets


Last year, after several years of an internal debate which began even before arrival of its administration the president Donald Trump began to deliver to Ukraine modern anti-tank missiles of Javelin. Then some expressed to

fears that this step of the USA will incite against themselves Moscow.

Now, reports the Voice of America, the American legislators want to raise rates again, having adopted the law allowing to deliver to Kiev the surface-to-air rockets.

These efforts took the form of the amendment to the law on financing of the Ministry of Defence. The amendment excludes the relevant provision forbidding sale of such rockets called by mobile surface-to-air missile systems.

Initiators of the amendment became two leading legislators of Houses of Representatives committee on the international affairs - the democrat Eliot Engel and the republican Michael McCall. It is expected that it will be accepted quickly, but it does not mean that arms supplies will begin at once.

the Final decision has to be approved by many government departments, including the Ministry of Defence.

Moreover, use of the Ukrainian surface-to-air rockets is still limited. The separatists supported by Russia have no fighters and if Russia sends the planes to Ukraine, it will undermine statements of Moscow that she does not interfere with the conflict.

Nevertheless, such step will become an accurate signal to the Kremlin of a position of the Congress concerning the war in Ukraine. According to the former US Ambassador in Ukraine Stephen Peiffer, it is a logical following step after the decision of the USA to deliver the Javelin rockets to the Ukrainian armed forces.

"I do not think that it will create more problems, than emergence of the Javelin rockets", - Peiffer who is the research associate of Institute of the international researches of Freeman-Spogli at Stanford University today said. "We do not tell

about deliveries to Ukraine of the F-35 fighters or the M-1 tanks", - the expert added.

One American diplomat working on the Ukrainian subject in a conversation with local media did not attach great value to the amendment, having declared on the condition of anonymity that it just eliminates "any restriction which is absent concerning the majority of the countries".

the Initiative is a part of broader efforts of the Congress on strengthening of military support of Ukraine. Two separate bills which are under consideration in the House of Representatives and the Senate, provide rendering annual military aid to Ukraine at the rate to 300 million dollars - more, than in previous years.

C of 2014 Ukraine received from the USA the help for the total amount more than 3 billion dollars, but only a part of this help belonged to the sphere of safety.

the Bill of the House of Representatives for the first time urges to deliver to Ukraine anti-ship missiles and arms of coastal defense - in response to a November incident when the Russian warships seized three Ukrainian vessels and 24 seamen in the Kerch Strait near the Crimean peninsula.

Peiffer noted that for PZRK so

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