U.S. brands Russian "propaganda" claim of faulty weapons sold to Ukraine
Washington is pushing back against recent reports claiming the State Department and Pentagon shipped defective anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, saying such allegations smacked of Russian propaganda.
Tina Kaidanow, the State Department’s acting assistant secretary for political-military affairs, said recent claims made on Russian state media outlets that a large number of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles sent to Ukrainian forces were defective is simply “outrageous and certainly not the case," according to the Washington Times.
“We do not provide anyone with defective Javelins, frankly,” she told reporters during a Monday conference call from the Farnborough air show in the United Kingdom.
Such reports, she said, represented “propaganda of the worst kind.”
Reports of the defective weaponry began circulating on Russian news sites online in early June, nearly a month after the Trump administration completed the transfer of the shoulder-fired weapon, equipped with a so-called “fire and forget” guided missile system designed for U.S. Army infantry units, to Kyiv.
In addition to selling the battle-tested Javelin missile to Kyiv, Washington also agreed to provide a small team of “basic skill trainers” to advise Ukrainian forces how to use field the missile during combat operations, Defense Department officials said when notifying lawmakers of the $47 million overseas weapon deal in March.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the National Security and Defense Council immediately debunked initial reports claiming that a Ukrainian missile design bureau had allegedly complained to the Council over the faulty launchers delivered from the U.S.