THE WORLD AT LARGE
Thursday, 5 February 2015
John Kerry to hold talks in Ukraine
A superior source said that Kerry would offer U.S. support for efforts by Ukraine to negotiate a new ceasefire.
The issue of weapon deliveries to Ukraine and other U.S. assistance is expected to be one of the main items on the agenda.
Kerry also intends to provide an additional $16.4 billion in humanitarian aid to help civilians in eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials said.
Earlier, Ashton Carter, the White House’s choice for Defence Secretary, said that he was “inclined” to start supplying arms.
The U.S. has so far only provided “non-lethal” assistance to Ukraine.
Meanwhile, NATO is set to unveil what the bloc’s chief says are “the biggest reinforcement” of its “collective defense since the end of the cold war”.
However, Russia denies accusations by Ukraine and the west that it is arming the rebels in Eastern Ukraine and sending its regular troops across the border.
Thompson Tosan Oluwakemi
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