Pavlo Klimkin / Photo from UNIAN

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Friday that arms negotiations were ongoing with the United States.

Asked about the prospect of the U.S. selling lethal weapons to Ukraine, Klimkin said: "We are now conducting such negotiations. I cannot talk about individual systems. This is a confidential issue," Reuters reported.

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"We are talking about a very serious strengthening of the defense capabilities of both our armed forces and our defense sector as a whole," he told reporters at a press conference.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on January 17 passed bill No. 9122 to amend certain legislative acts regarding the procurement of imported products, works and services for defense purposes.

In particular, the bill says that if the purchase of products, works and services under the defense order constitutes a state secret, they can also be purchased from foreign business entities.