The United States has started preparations for the transfer of the Javelin anti-tank missile systems to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker said in an interview with Radio Liberty, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
It takes time to prepare everything - the facilities where everything will be stored, the ways of transfer. We are working together on how to transport them and involve them in the work of the Armed Forces, he said.
We only hope to fill some "white spots" in Ukraine's defensive capabilities so as to prevent the further escalation of the conflict, Volker said.
I want to emphasize that this is defensive equipment. It is useful only when there is a tank attack. Then it can be neutralized. So this is precisely a defensive weapon, not for attack and not for use on the contact line. I think that Ukraine largely shares this position, the U.S. top negotiator on Ukraine said.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has recently said that the specific date for Ukraine's receiving the Javelin anti-tank missile systems would be known early next month - after his visit to the United States on Feb. 2.