US Congressman Chris Smith (R), chairman of the Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) announced that the US President's administration had imposed a de facto embargo on arms supplies to Ukraine. He said about this during a hearing before the US House of Representatives' Committee on Foreign Affairs.
"Delay in weapon supplies – is, in fact, a rejection. Therefore, de facto we have an embargo on defensive weapons supplies to Ukraine. It reminds me and to many others here a war in the Balkans, when we had also made every effort that Bosnians and Croats did not have a chance to defend themselves against Milosevic's agression. Now we see a repetition of the same policy in the case of our friend and ally – Ukraine," – said Smith.
The Congressman also said that the Ukrainians "urgently need defensive weapons," and added that the responsibility for refusing to grant it lies on the US president Barack Obama.
Another Congressman Rodney Frelynhayzen (R) also told during the hearing that Obama had not respond to three written requests about supporting Ukraine as a country that is an ally of the United States outside of NATO.