In Ukraine, told what weapons I want to get from USA

© AFP 2017 / Genya Savilov Us military in Kiev. Archival photoIn Ukraine, told what weapons I want to get from USA© 2017 AFP / Genya Savilov

The defense Ministry of Ukraine plans to 2018 in the form of military aid from the US electronic warfare, communications equipment and drones, said the head of the defense Ministry of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak in an interview with the Ukrainian newspaper «Day» on Friday.

The house of representatives of U.S. Congress passed the defense budget for the 2018 fiscal year. In particular, the budget envisages military aid to Ukraine to $ 350 million, half of this amount can be allocated only on the results of the reforms in the military sphere.

«We appealed to colleagues from the Ministry of defense and indicated that we needed. First of all, electronic warfare, communications equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles,» — said Poltorak, answering the question of how Ukraine plans to spend the funds that will be in 2018 highlighted U.S. military support to the country.

He noted that at the moment there is the decision of the American side on the allocation of $ 175 million, the decision on allocation of second part of the assistance to the Ukrainian side expects to receive in the summer of 2018, the evaluation of the dynamics of defence reform.

Earlier Russia repeatedly warned against plans arms deliveries to Ukraine, because this step will only lead to the escalation of the conflict in the Donbass. As repeatedly stated by the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, the supply of weapons to Ukraine from the outside will not contribute to resolving the crisis in the Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Against arms shipments to Ukraine voted most European politicians. Thus, the former Chairman of the OSCE, the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the supply of weapons to Ukraine are very risky and counterproductive way out of the crisis.