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Ukraine president hopes to secure defensive weapons from Western allies
September 7, 2017 / 8:05 AM / 2 months ago

Ukraine president hopes to secure defensive weapons from Western allies

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday said he hoped to complete talks with Western allies on the supply of defensive weapons, as he warned that upcoming Russia-Belarus military exercises could be cover for an invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a visit to an exhibition of Ukrainian military vehicles, on the eve of the Independence Day, in Kiev, Ukraine August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

“The creation of new strike groups of Russian troops for an invasion of Ukrainian territory can’t be ruled out,” he said in a speech to parliament.

“I hope that we will successfully complete negotiations with our Western partners on supplies of defensive weapons,” he said.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Alessandra Prentice; editing by Matthias Williams

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