Monday, September 19 2016 14:15 EEST
Poroshenko: Ukraine is still interested in getting lethal weapons for its armed forces from the West
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Ukraine still interested in lethal arms deliveries from West, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said

'The second thing after the extension and bolstering of sanctions against Russia, but no less important, is the provision of lethal weapons and other military technologies to the Ukrainian Armed Forces,' Poroshenko said at a meeting with the Ukrainian community in New York, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

The Ukrainian army has proved over the past 30 months that it can be trusted, he said. 'At the beginning of my presidential cadence our partners from the United States said that they have 100% information that 50% of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were corrupted and 50% are KGB agents,' he said.

Over the past two years Ukraine has built a new professional army that meets every necessary criterion, he said. 'We have shown that Ukraine has never fought and will never fight aggressive wars. The Ukrainian side has never constituted any threat and it is absolutely safe to give us lethal weapons. We will fight for our land until the last drop of blood,' Poroshenko said.

The Ukrainian president said that the aggressor is unlikely to resort to an open invasion if the whole world, including the U.S., stands together with Ukraine.

As reported earlier by, U.S. Senator Chris Coons: No consensus in the U.S. Senate at the moment on providing lethal weapons to Ukraine.

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