Baltic States Authorised To Rush US-made Weapons To Ukraine
The United States has given the green light for Baltic nations to rush US-made weapons to Ukraine, with Lithuania on Thursday saying it hoped to deter "aggressor" Russia
Vilnius, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Jan, 2022 ) :The United States has given the green light for Baltic nations to rush US-made weapons to Ukraine, with Lithuania on Thursday saying it hoped to deter "aggressor" Russia.
A State Department official in Berlin, where Secretary of State Antony Blinken is holding crisis talks on Ukraine, said Washington was "expediting authorised transfers of US-origin equipment from other allies".
"European allies have what they need to move forward on additional security assistance (to) Ukraine in the coming days and weeks," the official said.
The exact amounts and types of weapons were not specified but the Baltic nations' arsenals include Javelins -- portable missiles capable of destroying tanks.
"History shows us that conceding to the aggressor eventually ends in a big war. We do not want this. Any country which is defending itself must have opportunities to do this," he told AFP.
His Latvian counterpart Artis Pabriks had on Wednesday signalled his country's intention to send Ukraine "both lethal and non-lethal defence equipment".
Estonia has said it plans to send "dozens" of Javelin anti-tank missiles and some 122mm howitzers.
Other countries in the former Soviet bloc could join in.
The Czech defence ministry on Thursday said it wanted to send artillery ammunition to Ukraine and would outline its plans next week.
Ukraine has voiced hope for military supplies as quickly as possible, with shipments from nearby countries especially valuable.
Britain has also rushed anti-tank weapons to Ukraine.