Friday, March 13, 2015

Poland Ponders Sending Weapons to Ukraine; Feels Doing So Will Deter Russian Aggression

Poland's Ministry of National Defense began discussing yesterday whether to send weapons to Ukraine that may be used against Russian aggression, the IB Times website reports today (March 13, 2015).

While the Polish government said that no decision has been made, the head of the country's National Security Bureau, Stanislaw Koziej, said both parties were in agreement "that the stronger the Ukrainian army, the higher the chances of a de-escalation of the conflict."

"As of today, we're having intensive talks at different levels, but decisions will be made only after the issue is studied in detail by both parties," Koziej said.

News of the talks comes just days after U.S. President Barack Obama decided against sending lethal aid to Ukraine. While most weapons used by the Polish army are made in Poland, there is a sprinkling of U.S.-made elements, including Mk19 automatic grenade launchers, Claymore mines, M113 armored personnel carriers, and guns.

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