29 Dec '17, 10pm

Mattis to Russia on US Arming Ukraine: Get Over It

Mattis to Russia on US Arming Ukraine: Get Over It

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that the U.S. decision to supply "defensive" weapons to Ukraine , possibly including Javelin anti-tank missiles, should be no cause of alarm for the Russians. "Hopefully, it won't have an impact" on the tense relations between Ukraine and Moscow over Russia's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Mattis said. "They're defensive weapons," Mattis said of the arms for Ukraine that reportedly include Javelins and anti-aircraft weapons. In an informal year-end session with Pentagon reporters, Mattis also said there were no intentions to increase the small U.S. troop presence in Ukraine, where U.S. troops have been training Ukraine forces well away from the frontlines in eastern Ukraine. "As you know, we have some trainers there -- training to NATO standards," Mattis said. "There's not plan to change that number at all -- as long as...

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