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Obama tries to predict Kremlin’s reaction on providing military assistance to Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials are considering the feasibility of providing lethal weapons to Ukraine, given that Putin's reaction can be quite aggressive.

Obama tries to predict Kremlin"s reaction on providing military assistance to Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama ponders the question of providing Ukraine with military aid. Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, said that the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine would not stop the growing conflict in the Donbas.

"We don't think the answer to the crisis in Ukraine is simply to inject more weapons and get into that type of tit-for-tat with Russia," CNN quotes Rhodes.

"We think the answer is to apply pressure, try to get them to the table with the separatists so we can see a peaceful de-escalation," Rhodes said.

According to him, President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss the situation in the Donbass next week during a meeting in Washington.

According to the publication, arms deliveries to Ukraine is a part of assistance to Ukraine, but the White House is currently trying to predict reaction of Russia, which supports the rebels in the Donbas.

U.S. officials note that arms shipments to Ukraine were recently discussed because of Russia's arms supply to the separatists. However, U.S. authorities believe that any arms shipments to Ukraine should be part of a broader package of assistance.

Also yesterday, it was reported that Barack Obama had doubts about the necessity of providing lethal weapons to Ukraine.