Ukraine and the United States are discussing the building an effective method of defense. It was stated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in an interview with The Washington Post, Joinfo.ua reports.
In this interview, the President of Ukraine commented on the issue regarding defensive weapons in Ukraine.
“We don’t talk about the lethal weapons. Ukraine is an industrialized nation that can produce their own weapons. We’re talking about the defensive weapons, which help us just defensively. And sorry for my pathos, but we here defend not just Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We here defend freedom and democracy. And we are now fighting with the weapons of the 20th century against the weapons of the 21st century. Because the military budget of Ukraine and the military budget of Russia … we are defending by ourselves. And that’s why the supply for us of defensive weapons — this is not just for war with Russia, this is just to build up [a] stronger, global system of security,” Poroshenko said.
“And now we are trying to build up an effective method of defense. That is what we are discussing with the Americans,” said the Head of State.
At the same time, he added that Ukraine is interested in further defensive weapons. “Because we need the possibility to defend my country,” Poroshenko said.
It should be recalled that at the YES summit Poroshenko told about increase of the military budget in 2016.
The President also noted that during the last days in the area of the ATO there was no victims and no shooting.
“The cease-fire has been operating for almost two weeks and it is no longer a dream. Today is the first day of the year and a half when there has been no victims and shots during 24 hours. I congratulate you on this day of peace,” said the President.
Poroshenko said that the last conversation in the Normandy format with the German Chancellor, the French President and the President of Russia had strengthened his sense of cautious optimism