"View that ‘Russians shouldn’t be annoyed’ prevails among our partners," Turchynov on West’s reluctance to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine

NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov is disappointed by the unwillingness of the Western partners to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine.

He stated in an interview with NV.UA, Censor.NET reports.

"I failed to convince our strategic partners that the military technical aid to Ukraine was a direct consequence of the Budapest Memorandum and it was their own security after all. I constantly argue at all international meetings that a strong Ukrainian army armed with state-of-the-art weapons is actually the linchpin of peace in Europe and a reliable shield of the Western world," he said.

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Turchynov expressed regret over the opinion that 'Russians shouldn't be annoyedб' prevailing among the Ukrainian partners, primarily European ones.

"In the spring of 2014, when the situation was especially hard, I really asked them: "Please, give us military equipment and weapons, we need to defend our country." I was planning pace of military draft taking into account the quantity of army boots we were able to produce. We had to create an army, equip it, and supply our soldiers with uniforms and boots. Volunteers and activists helped to protect the country then, while we didn't get a single ammunition round from our partners. The supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine are blocked under various pretexts today," Turchynov stressed.

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The NSDC secretary said that it was domestic defense industry that mainly supplied the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard with weapons and military equipment from pistols to tanks and missiles. However, Turchynov emphasized that he would not be able to cover all the army needs in arms and advanced equipment without efficient military technical cooperation with Ukraine's strategic partners.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n393673