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 Almost everyone in Congress, Senate, Pentagon and US intelligence is in favor of providing weapons to Ukraine - Saakashvili

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said his efforts to persuade the U.S. administration to arm Ukraine are bearing fruit as cross-party pressure intensifies on President Barack Obama.

He stated this in an interview with Bloomberg, Censor.NET reports.

"I believe the U.S. will supply the weapons," Saakashvili, who is an adviser to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, said in an interview in Kyiv. "What gives me hope is the fact that the opinion of U.S. society and the political elite is firm on this idea. Almost everyone in Congress as well as in the Senate supports it, and the Pentagon and intelligence community want it."

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Saakashvili complained in 2008 of an "inadequate" response by the U.S. and its allies to Georgia's five-day conflict with Russia, which he accused of provoking hostilities by amassing troops nearby. In Ukraine, he predicts the collapse of a peace accord brokered last month by Germany and France, and a renewed offensive by pro-Russian rebels.

"Russia will hit the south of Ukraine soon and the weapons must be given soon as there is no peace agreement," said Saakashvili, whose relationship with Russia has never recovered. He left office in 2013 and is wanted in Georgia on charges he says are driven by the nation's new leaders.

 
 
 
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