US State Dept approves missile sale raised in Ukraine call

WASHINGTON: Washington announced on Thursday (Oct 3) that the State Department has approved the possible sale of anti-tank missiles to Kiev that was discussed in a call between the US president and his Ukrainian counterpart.

The call – in which Donald Trump tried to get Volodymyr Zelensky to provide dirt on a 2020 election rival – has sparked an impeachment inquiry into the US president.

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Congress, which needs to approve the transaction, has been notified about the possible US$39.2 million sale of 150 Javelin missiles and 10 launch units, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Ukraine," the DSCA said.

"The Javelin system will help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to meet its national defence requirements. Ukraine will have no difficulty absorbing this system into its armed forces," it added.

According to a White House memorandum on the July call between Trump and Zelensky, the Ukrainian leader said that "we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the UnitedRead More – Source