MOSCOW (QHA) -

The supply of lethal weapons from the United States will not help Ukraine resolve the conflict in the Donbas, the representative of Russia in the Tripartite Contact Group Boris Gryzlov stated.

He said that the attempt of the Ukrainian authorities to acquire new types of lethal weapons from the US is allegedly "a completely useless step for a political settlement of the conflict."

Gryzlov noted that the "special status of Donbas" is the basis for a political settlement of the conflict.

“The question arises: Why does Kyiv take no action to extend and qualitatively update the law on the special status of certain regions of Donbas, which expires in October. Minsk agreements are based on the fact that such a law should be introduced and applied on a permanent basis. The special status of the Donbas is the basis for a political settlement," he claimed.

Earlier, the White House presented the draft of the US federal budget for the 2018 financial year, which includes, among other things, assistance to Ukraine under different programs for a total of about $ 350 million. In the sphere of defense and security, the US is going to allocate $ 150 million to Ukraine, in particular, it is about the supply of lethal weapons.

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