US, Canada to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 14.12.2017 23:55

On 12 December, US President Donald Trump signed into law the 2018 NDAA providing for USD 350 million in assistance, including lethal weapons, to Ukraine. A day later, the Canadian government announced it would allow local companies to sell weapons to the country. These developments come in the context of the failed US-Russia talks on the recently proposed UN peacekeeping mission in Donbass.

The moves exert additional pressure on Russia to abide by the Minsk Agreements. On 13 December, the US State Department once again named Russia as the source of the conflict, calling on it to withdraw its troops and agree to a UN peacekeeping mission to take over the uncontrolled segment of the Russo-Ukrainian border. The Russian response was evasive. Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to the US as part of the settlement process, in or outside of the Normandy format, during his annual press conference on 14 December. While struggling against a deeply entrenched culture of institutional corruption, Ukraine's national identity was strengthened by conflict with Russia. However, the rising nationalism brought it into conflict with its neighbors: with Poland for reasons of historical revisionism,  with Romania (who has the second largest minority in Ukraine) - on minority rights, and also, for the same reason, with Hungary, who threatened retaliation by blocking Kiev's NATO and EU integrations, over minority rights. 

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