US defence Secretary Jim Mattis addresses a news conference during a NATO defence Ministers meeting at the headquarters of the Alliance in Brussels, Belgium, 15. February 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir – RC11E611BC10
The Pentagon on Friday announced it will send $200 million in non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine — a move that would likely to trouble to Moscow, held just a few days after President Trump a summit in Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The American military hardware and shipping to the Ukraine belong to the “secure communications, military, mobility, night-vision, and the military-medical treatment, according to Maj. Sheryil Klinkel, a Pentagon spokesman.
“This reinforces the long standing defense relationship between the United States and the Ukraine, and bring the whole of the US security sector assistance to Ukraine more than 1 billion US dollars in 2014,” Klinkel said in a statement.
It is not immediately clear when the new devices will be delivered. Pentagon officials said the planning for this train was bound in the plant, or the “months” and not to the Helsinki summit.
The State Department said on Friday, there is no support for a referendum in the East of Ukraine would be proposed that a reference to what a Russian official said Putin, Trump on the summit at the beginning of this week.
To be clear: The administration is not in the light of the support for a referendum in E Ukraine is A “referendum” would have no legitimacy. We continue to support the #Minsk agreements to resolve the conflict in the #Donbas #ukraine @statedept
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) July 20, 2018
Russia’s Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, was the official, said Trump and Putin discussed the possibility of a referendum in the area of Eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists.
Minister of defense James Mattis also asks that Congress sign a waiver that would allow the United States to sell weapons to countries that buy weapons from Russia. The idea is to make sure that the US sanctions are not allies press into the arms of Russia.
“Russia should suffer consequences for his aggressive, destabilizing behavior and its illegal occupation of Ukraine,” said Mattis, said in the statement issued by the Pentagon.
“The question we need to ask ourselves is, do we want to strengthen our partners in the most important regions-or leave you with no other choice than to Russia to apply, thus undermining a once in a generation opportunity to more closely align Nations with the U.S. vision for global security and stability.”
At the end of April, the US government supplied hundreds of deadly Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine for the first time after four years have to defend the requests from the Kiev government to better the Ukrainian troops against the Russian armor.
Moscow supported separatist movement in the East of Ukraine since 2014 in addition to the annexation of the Ukraine Peninsula of Crimea.
Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @Lucas FoxNews