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Lavrov: Poroshenko Lost Authority as Commander-in-Chief

16.03.2015 16:11

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lost his sole authority as commander-in-chief on using military forces in the country.

"In general, there's a suspicion that the invariable and immutable authority on using the armed forces in any normal country begins to cloud, an authority that should be with the commander-in-chief," Lavrov said.

Russian Foreign Minister also added that the US plans to supply Ukraine with weapons are an attempt to violate the Minsk peace agreements. "This is a blatant attempt to undermine the Minsk agreements, to violate them, because the accords, on the contrary, call for withdrawal of all foreign weapons from Ukraine," he stressed and added that "the majority of Europeans consider such plans as dangerous."

Last week, US President Barack Obama approved an additional $75 million non-lethal military aid package for Kiev, earlier in December 2014, US Congress authorized the $350 million supply of lethal arms to Kiev, but the White House did not enact the bill.