Pentagon: Certain terms of service are required for the supply of tanks to Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 – RIA Novosti. The United States and its allies see that Ukraine needs a supply of tanks, but the provision of Western models requires conditions for their maintenance. This was stated at a briefing for reporters by Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper on Tuesday.
“We absolutely agree that Ukraine needs tanks. The United States has worked with its allies to supply Ukraine with 1,000 tanks and armored vehicles,” he said.
“The challenge of introducing Western-style tanks lies in their maintenance and maintenance. We want to make sure that all weapons that we and our allies supply to Ukraine can be serviced and maintained,” Cooper said.
In his opinion, the easiest way to supply Ukraine with the necessary equipment is to supply “Soviet” samples, which the Ukrainian army knows how to repair and use.
Russia had previously sent memos to NATO countries for supplying weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine would be a legitimate target for Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov noted that the pumping of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.