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Ukraine to be immediately given lethal weapon in case of increasing aggression - Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is confident that the EU, the U.S. and other countries will continue to support Ukraine in its struggle for sovereignty and territorial integrity, inter alia with weapons, if necessary.

He announced this in an exclusive interview on 1+1 TV Channel, the presidential press service reported.

"If there is a new round of aggression against Ukraine, I can surely say that we will immediately receive both lethal weaponry and new wave of sanctions against the aggressor. We will act firmly and in a coordinated manner," Poroshenko said.

The president said that Ukraine had contracts with some EU countries on the supply of weapons, including lethal ones. He said that the official embargo of the EU on arming Ukraine had been lifted.

Poroshenko described a decision by U.S. President Barack Obama to supply defensive weapons to Ukraine as crucial. According to him, this armament will increase preciseness and efficiency of the Ukrainian weapons. In addition, thermal imagers and radars that detect motion help counteract reconnaissance and subversive groups of the enemy.

"What is the difference between Ukraine's and Russia's positions? Ukraine is trustworthy, for it clearly and steadily fulfills all the undertaken agreements," Poroshenko said. He also stressed that Ukraine had promised to cease fire and withdraw heavy artillery and our country had fulfilled that.

[Source: Ukrinform, Kyiv, 14Mar15]

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