U.S. considering new forms of support to Ukraine, McMaster says

2017/8/8 17:06:02

Analyst: “We don’t expect any breakthroughs in the conflict, which will become centered around the presidential and parliamentary elections as 2019 draws closer.”

 


WASHINGTON, Aug 8, 2017 - The U.S. is considering new forms of support to Ukraine to counteract Russian aggression, U.S. National Security Advisor Herbert McMaster said in an Aug. 5 television interview, Concorde Capital informed clients in an online advisory.

 

McMaster’s statement was in response to a question about the possibility of Ukraine gaining armaments from the U.S. “That’s one of the things we’re looking at, that is what form of support Ukraine needs that’s consistent with our interests and everyone’s desire to ensure that Russia doesn’t take offensive action that could lead to a much broader conflict,” he said. “I have to recognize this is a dangerous situation of Russia’s creation. What we’re endeavoring to do with our allies is to prevent that conflict from growing.”

 

“Kurt Volker, the U.S. special representative to Ukraine, will meet this week with Vladislav Surkov, an advisor to Russian President Putin on the war in Donbas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Aug. 6 as reported by the TASS news agency. The meeting comes after Volker met with officials in Paris, Berlin and London to discuss the conflict, said Lavrov, who made his announcement after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Manila. In his turn, Tillerson said Russia is showing “some willingness” to start talking about a resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

 

 

Concorde analyst Zenon Zawada added: “Trump’s foreign policy team has a solid grip on what’s happening in Donbas and what the risks would be in introducing U.S. weapons. Therefore, we don’t expect the U.S. will decide to give lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine, which will only exacerbate the warfare. Instead, the talks about U.S. weapons seem to be an attempt to force Russia to the negotiating table, which we don’t think will be very successful. We don’t expect any breakthroughs in the conflict, which will become centered around the presidential and parliamentary elections as 2019 draws closer.”

 

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