The US has approved the commercial supply of small arms to Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy fotosensasi in the U.S. army. Archival photoThe US has approved the commercial supply of small arms to Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

The United States has approved a commercial license for the supply of small arms to Ukraine, but the US government is not directly supplies arms to Kiev, told RIA Novosti the representative of the state Department.

«The state Department licensed commercial exports of U.S. producers of a limited number of small arms and light weapons to Ukraine. We have never had policies that limit such commercial sale. The United States is considering requests for issuing licenses for the sale and export in each case separately,» said the spokesman.

At the same time, the diplomat noted that «the US government did not sell directly and did not give defensive weapons to Ukraine, but did not exclude such a possibility». He also stressed that Washington has not yet made a decision on arms deliveries to Kiev.

Earlier, the Washington Post reported that the US approved the export license for delivery to Ukraine large-caliber sniper rifles, ammunition and spare parts worth more than 41 million dollars.

The President of the United States Donald trump in mid-December approved the allocation of $ 350 million for military assistance to Ukraine. Half of the amount, however, will go to Kiev only after the reform of the defense complex and the army.

At the same time in Kiev found that Washington’s decision authorizes the delivery to Ukraine of lethal weapons of a defensive character