Defense Minister Poltorak: NATO may give Ukraine lethal weapons if Donbas escalates

08:15, 26 June 2015
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Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said after the NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting on June 25 that NATO member states were ready to review their position regarding the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine if the situation in eastern Ukraine escalates, an UNIAN special correspondent in Brussels reported.


"During the meeting, all member countries have strongly condemned the violation by the Russian Federation and terrorist groups of the Minsk agreements and confirmed the possibility of reviewing the issue of providing Ukraine with lethal weapons if the Russian Federation and the terrorists continue gross violations of the Minsk accords," Poltorak said at a press conference in Brussels after the meeting.

A technical agreement on the creation of a Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian brigade may be signed in Kyiv late in July, and related military exercises may take place late this year or early next year, he added.

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