Merkel wants to help with equipment,Obama says no plans to arm Ukraine

7 August 2014 11:16
(QHA) -

German Chancellor Angela Merkel favors the idea of giving Ukraine equipment that would help effectively control the border.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, MEP Elmar Brok, said this in an interview with the TSN.

As for military support from the European Union, Brock believes that talking about it now would be wrong.

“The purpose of the Europeans and the United States is to reach a political and diplomatic solution.

“Military confrontation would have closed the way to negotiations. However, we believe, and Angela Merkel herself insists on this, that we should help Ukraine with equipment so it could effectively control the border with Russia and stop deliveries of weapons and fighters," Brok said.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama has said in Washington that he sees no urgent need to expand military assistance to Ukraine.

In his opinion, the separatists have not been able to match the Ukrainian army's strength so far despite causing a lot of violence. Obama said the United States would continue to work on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis to determine what Ukraine needed to defend itself against separatists who were backed by Moscow