Ukraine armament a difficult question, says Ilves ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said the United States is keen on solving the Ukraine crisis, but handing weapons to Kyiv may not have the desired effect.

Ilves told ETV's “Välisilm” that no one at the recent Munich security conference wanted to admit that the war could smolder on for a while.

One question is what to do in a situation where special Russian troops, equipped with high tech weapons face an army largely compromising of volunteers with antiquated weapons, Ilves said.

He added that Ukrainian forces would need time to learn how to use modern weapons, if given to them by the West. “The dilemma is far more complicated that just yes or no to aid! What exactly, how and so on must be thoroughly talked through.”

“It is horrible to see how international treaties and the entire international system, which has at least held in Europe, has been neglected,” he said.

Editor: J.M. Laats



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