Zelenskyy’s request comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its second month.
Smith told CNN’s State of the Union that she “needs to calculate what has already been delivered to Ukraine by NATO countries” before giving a more definitive answer to Zelenskyy’s specific request.
“Most NATO allies are providing lethal aid — including some allies that have long had a policy of not doing so,” Smith said. “We have seen a great change in Europe, in which many allies have emerged. We would have to go ahead and count what has been deployed so far.”
Smith added, “Honestly, what’s important here is that the NATO allies step up and offer the capabilities that Ukraine is looking for, and they make a difference.”
She also addressed a three-way proposal rejected by the Biden administration, according to which Poland would transfer MiG-29 jets to Ukraine and the US would then replace Poland’s stockpiles.
Smith added: “The answer is no, if you’re talking about the Soviet-era jets, the United States has decided that Poland’s special proposal is untenable.”
But if a NATO ally wanted to make these jets and tanks available, “that’s a sovereign decision. You can make that sovereign decision,” Smith said. “Right now, the United States is very focused on its air defense needs, and we are providing multiple capabilities to meet those needs.”
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/27/military-equipment-ukraine-nato-ambassador-00020699?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication Providing Ukraine with a “developing conversation,” says US ambassador to NATO