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USA do not intend to supply Georgia with armaments now2009-08-13 16:16
Washington has no plans to supply Georgia with armaments, though cannot rule it out in long-term prospect, said in his interview to Interfax the ex-ambassador of the USA to Russia, and now the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs of the United States. He added that in the nearest future the cooperation will be focused on non-lethal military aid.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Vershbow refuted Russia's statements about weapons supplies to Georgia and explained that no lethal arms supplies have been made since August conflict. He added that USD 100 mln reserved for military aid for Georgia, were transferred to the Department of State budget, for humanitarian needs.
"When we started to give military aid to Georgia 5 years ago, even in this period, when USA spent more than USD 200 million, we didn't provide any military helicopters, artillery or anti-tank systems to Georgia. Our effort was to increase professional ability of Georgian armed forces", Vershbow stated.
At the same time Vershbow reiterated that Georgia is a sovereign country and has the right to keep security of its borders. The USA will train the battalion the Georgian government intends to send to Afghanistan next year.