Newscast Media MOSCOW—Moscow has warned Washington a potential policy shift
from supplying Kiev with “non-lethal aid” to “defensive lethal weapons”, mulled as US
Vice President visits Ukraine, would be a direct violation of all international
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that reports of possible deliveries of
American “defensive weapons” to Ukraine would be viewed by Russia as a “very
“We heard repeated confirmations from the [US] administration, that it only supplies
non-lethal aid to Ukraine. If there is a change of this policy, then we are talking
about a serious destabilizing factor which could seriously affect the balance of power
in the region,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich cautioned
according to Russia Today.
His remarks follow US deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken Wednesday’s
statement at a hearing before the Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs, in which he
said that Biden may offer the provision of “lethal defensive weapons” as he visits
Ukraine. Lethal assistance “remains on the table. It’s something that we’re looking at,”
“We paid attention not only to such statements, but also to the trip of
representatives of Ukrainian volunteer battalions to Washington, who tried to muster
support of the US administration,” Lukashevich said.
The Ministry made it clear that such a move by Washington would violate a number of
“This is a very serious signal for several reasons. First of all, this is a direct violation
of agreements, including the ones achieved in partnership with the United States. I
mean the Geneva Declaration from 17 April,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko requested lethal aid from the US during a visit to
Washington in September.
American Vice President Joe Biden who has arrived in Kiev late Thursday has not yet
made any official announcement, but Reuters’ sources point to the possibility that US
might increase a “non-lethal” aid package to Kiev instead of opting to supply arms.
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media KIEV—Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in
Ukraine in a phone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday,
calling for an end to violence in the crisis-hit country, the Kremlin said Tuesday.
During the phone conversation, Putin expressed condolences to the Italian prime
minister for the death of an Italian journalist in Ukraine, and called for an immediate
halt of violence in southeastern Ukraine.
“The leaders of the two countries have exchanged opinions on the situation in Ukraine
over the results of the presidential election that was held May 25,” the Kremlin said in
The statement said that Putin had stressed the necessity to stop the punitive
operation in southeastern Ukraine and to establish peaceful dialogue between Kiev
and the regions.
Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli and his interpreter Andrei Mironov were killed by
mortar fire on the eve of Sunday’s presidential elections near the eastern city of
Slaviansk. According to media reports, a group of foreign reporters came under mortar
fire in the village of Andreyevka, in the city outskirts. French photographer William
Roguelon was injured in the same incident.
Billionaire businessmen Petro Poroshenko has been declared the provisional victor in
the election with over 95 percent of ballots counted. He will take over the post from
President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country during a series of violent protests
which led to his unconstitutional overthrow on February 22.
Voting took place in a total of 189 constituencies of Ukraine amid a large-scale
military operation launched by the new Kiev authorities to crack down on protesters
refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the government. Twenty-one candidates ran
in the race.
Moscow has said it is ready for dialogue with Poroshenko.
Source: Ria Novosti