Poroshenko: U.S. decision on arming Ukraine to become "transatlantic vaccination against Russian virus of aggression"

19:06, 23 December 2017
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called the U.S. decision to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons a "transatlantic vaccination against the Russian virus of aggression."

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"As we have agreed with President Trump, calmly and without unnecessary noise, Ukraine shall receive lethal defensive weapons from the United States. This fundamental and long-awaited decision of the American administration was confirmed during my yesterday's talk with the State Secretary Rex Tillerson," he wrote on Facebook.

Read alsoTrump may approve plan to sell anti-tank missiles to Ukraine – media"I am grateful for the leadership of President Donald Trump, clear position of all our American friends, and for strong bipartisan support of Ukraine. Along with strengthening the sanctions against Russia, this step is an adequate response to the continuation of the occupation of the Ukrainian territory, the failure of Moscow to fulfill its commitments, and the continued pouring of heavy weaponry in Donbas."

"American weapons in the hands of Ukrainian soldiers are not for offensive, but for stronger rebuff of the aggressor, protection of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, as well as for effective self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter. It is also a transatlantic vaccination against the Russian virus of aggression. Ukraine shall win!" Poroshenko said.

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