Mirroring Russia's denial of military aid to separatists in the East, NATO countries denied on Sunday the claim of Ukraine's defense minister that they are delivering arms to Ukraine, the BBC reported.[1]  --  "I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with.  But the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us -- that's absolutely true, I can officially tell you," said Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Heletey.  --  Reuters specified that the remark came in a "press conference."[2]  --  RIA Novosti reported that in additional remarks to Ukrainian Fifth channel, Heteley said:  "I also spoke [at the NATO summit in September] in private with the defense ministers of the leading countries of the world, those that can help us, and they heard us, we have the supply of arms underway."[3]  --  The Russian agency explained the sleight of hand.  --  "Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that he was able to negotiate with a number of NATO countries on direct deliveries of modern weapons to Ukraine.   --  According to the presidential adviser Yuri Lutsenko, an agreement was reached at the NATO summit in Wales on the supply of weapons from the United States, France, Poland, Norway, and Italy.   --  All these countries later denied this statement, but the Ukrainian president insisted that a number of NATO countries had agreed on direct supplies of such weapons.  --  NATO has repeatedly said that the organization itself cannot supply weapons and other military equipment to Ukraine.   --  However, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO would not interfere in the decisions of individual member states regarding this kind of decision." ...
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NATO MEMBERS 'START ARMS DELIVERIES TO UKRAINE'


BBC
September 14, 2014

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29198497

NATO countries have started delivering arms to Ukraine to help its soldiers fight pro-Russian separatists in the east, the defense minister says.

Valery Heletey did not give details of the weapons being delivered or name the countries involved.

A similar statement earlier was denied by five NATO members, including the U.S.

Ukraine's prime minister says NATO is the "only vehicle" to protect the country from Russia, which he and the West accuse of intervening in the east.

Moscow has denied sending troops to help pro-Russian rebels who have been engaged in heavy fighting with government forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since April.

At least some 2,600 people have been killed in five months of conflict.

A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 5 September, despite recent outbreaks of violence around key flashpoints such as Donetsk airport.

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Mr. Heletey told reporters on Sunday that he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales earlier this month.

"I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with.  But the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us -- that's absolutely true, I can officially tell you," he said in remarks quoted by Ukraine's Unian news agency.

While the issue of restoring Ukraine's nuclear arsenal was not on the agenda, Mr. Heletey said it would not be ruled out in future.

NATO officials say they have no plans to send lethal assistance to non-NATO member Ukraine, but that members states may do so.

But defense officials in Italy, Poland, and Norway have all denied plans to provide any weapons.

On Saturday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused Russia of wanting to "eliminate his country," saying it was the "key aggressor" in the conflict.

NATO says Russia still has about 1,000 heavily armed troops in eastern Ukraine and about 20,000 more near the border.

But Russia denies sending direct military help to the rebels, insisting that any Russian soldiers there are "volunteers."

NATO has announced the formation of a new "spearhead" force numbering several thousand troops, which can be deployed anywhere in the world in a matter of days.

It followed growing concern from NATO member countries bordering Russia over its involvement in Ukraine.

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NATO COUNTRIES HAVE BEGUN ARMS DELIVERIES TO UKRAINE: DEFENSE MINISTER   


Reuters
September 14, 2014

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/14/us-ukraine-crisis-heletey-idUSKBN0H90PP20140914

KIEV -- Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5.

NATO officials have said it will not send "lethal assistance" to non-member Ukraine but member states may do so.

Earlier this month, a senior Ukrainian official said Kiev had agreed on the provision of weapons and military advisers from several members of the U.S.-led alliance.  Four of the five countries named, including the United States, denied this.

"We reached agreements in closed talks, without media, about . . . those weapons that we currently need," said Heletey, who said Ukraine needed weapons "that could stop Putin."

"I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with.  But the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us -- that's absolutely true, I can officially tell you," he said.

Heletey said about 3,500 Russian troops were now on Ukrainian territory with a further 25,000 massed on the Russian side of the joint border.

Moscow denies accusations by Kiev and its Western backers that it has sent troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine to support separatists in a conflict with Ukrainian forces that has killed more than 3,000 people.

A ceasefire negotiated by envoys from Ukraine, Russia, the separatists and Europe's OSCE security watchdog has been in place in eastern Ukraine since Sept. 5.

It is broadly holding despite regular but sporadic violations, especially in key flashpoints such as Donetsk.

(Additional reporting by Kiryl Sukhotski; Writing by Richard Balmforth; Editing by Tom Heneghan)


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KIEV SAYS NATO COUNTRIES START SUPPLYING ARMS TO UKRAINE


RIA Novosti
September 14, 2014

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140914/192922492/Kiev-Says-NATO-Countries-Start-Supplying-Arms-to-Ukraine.html

KIEV -- Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey has reported that NATO countries started supplying weapons to Ukraine.

"I also spoke [at the NATO summit in September] in private with the defense ministers of the leading countries of the world, those that can help us, and they heard us, we have the supply of arms underway," Heletey said in an interview with Ukrainian Fifth channel.

"This process has begun, and I feel that this is exactly the way we need to follow," the minister said.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that he was able to negotiate with a number of NATO countries on direct deliveries of modern weapons to Ukraine.  According to the presidential adviser Yuri Lutsenko, an agreement was reached at the NATO summit in Wales on the supply of weapons from the United States, France, Poland, Norway and Italy.  All these countries later denied this statement, but the Ukrainian president insisted that a number of NATO countries had agreed on direct supplies of such weapons.

NATO has repeatedly said that the organization itself cannot supply weapons and other military equipment to Ukraine.  However, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO would not interfere in the decisions of individual member states regarding this kind of decision.