Kiev Regime Shopping for Weapons; Poroshenko Announces Purchases in Abu Dhabi
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was in Abu Dhabi Tuesday for the IDEX international arms trade show, where he announced a defense deal with the UAE, to obtain weapons. Though the details are as yet unspecified, the deal was reported as a breaking story this morning by Defense News.
This is the latest expression of how Victoria Nuland's Nazi regime in Kiev is not satisfied with peace in southeast Ukraine, and is going around the world shopping for weapons, probably, in part, to replace the vast amounts of equipment and munitions that it lost in the Debaltsevo cauldron, but in reality, to drag the world into war with nuclear-armed Russia.
Poroshenko also indicated Tuesday, that he hopes for a deal with the US.
"We are in a very practical dialogue, and we hope in the very near future, we have a decision to help us attain defensive weapons," he said. "I want to stress that the defensive capabilities for the Ukrainian Army are only to defend our territory, to keep our independence, to keep our sovereignty. We do not have any plans to attack anybody."
All Poroshenko would say about the UAE deal was that the two countries signed "a very important memorandum about military and technical cooperation." The UAE military is largely, but not exclusively, equipped with American and French-supplied equipment.
It is highly likely that there is far more than meets the eye in this UAE arms deal. Recall that the UAE, along with Qatar, played a key role as a pass-through for the British-Obama policy of sending arms to Libya, and from there on to Syria. The Ukrainian-UAE deal has the distinct odor of something similar— i.e., de facto arming of Ukraine by Obama, with an effort at plausible denial.
Also present at IDEX is US Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall. While there's no report that Kendall and Poroshenko might be meeting, Kendall was to have met with the Ukrainian arms-buying delegation at the show. "I expect the conversation will be about their needs," Kendall said yesterday, according to Defense One.
"We're limited at this point in time in terms of what we're able to provide them, but where we can be supportive, we want to be."
Kendall doesn't have the authority to negotiate arms deals, so he'll be "primarily in listening mode, trying to understand what their needs are," he said. Russia has a very large display in the exhibit hall, but it's on the opposite end from the Ukrainian exhibit.
Andriy Parubiy, a co-founder of the neo-Nazi Svoboda party and of one of the paramilitary groups that became the Right Sector spearhead of the February 2014 coup, is scheduled to be in Washington this week. Parubiy took clear aim at the US in an interview in Ottawa, Monday, announcing that he expected Canada to pressure the US on the question of arms sales to Ukraine. "We're sure that Canada's voice is authoritative and carries a lot of weight," he said.
"So the U.S. has to make this decision [about providing weapons], but Canada is kind of the authoritative voice that can push [for] that. It can influence the U.S. decision."
While in Ottawa, he met with Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson and James Bezan, the parliamentary secretary to the defense minister, as well as members of Parliament.