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However, lawmakers from both parties have expressed huge support for the sale.

"The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance" in Ukraine or in eastern Europe writ large. Russian Federation insisted that US involvement would instead encourage Ukraine to use force, but USA officials have been dismissive of the idea that the conflict would worsen.

Congress will now have 30 days to approve or block the weapons sale. But the top Republican and Democrat on the foreign relations panels in the House and Senate have informally given the green light, so the sale is expected to go through without any significant hurdles.

The US State Department yesterday approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Ukraine of Javelin Missiles and Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) for an estimated cost of $47 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on March 1st, 2018.

However, Russia has repeatedly warned against supplies of lethal arms to Ukraine, saying that such actions would exacerbate the conflict in the country's eastern Donbass region.

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The FGM-148 Javelin is a US-made fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile in used in dozen of countries around the world.

"We have all possibilities to cooperate with the United States and to increase our cooperation including in the defense sector", he said.

Meanwhile, Alexander Zakharchenko, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, confirmed last August that the supply of United States lethal weapons would nearly certainly result in an escalation of the conflict. "We don't regard that as the behavior of a responsible worldwide player".

Heavy weaponry, such as tanks, have been a critical part of Russian advancement in Ukrainian territory.

Trump had been considering the plan for some time after the State Department and the Pentagon signed off earlier this year. "But he also uses it to prevent Ukraine from developing quickly", he said. Yanukovych denied the allegations that he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to send Russian troops into Ukraine in February 2014. "As soon as Ukraine receives lethal weapons, an armed conflict would automatically be unleashed", Zakharchenko warned. The Trump administration has insisted those sanctions will stay in place until Moscow gives up the Crimean Peninsula.

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