SPAIN and Britain have joined forces to turn down sending military aid to Ukraine in its civil war against separatists.
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo held a joint news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Madrid to announce their governments’ opposition to getting militarily involved in the conflict.
Hammond said: “We don’t believe that at the moment it would be helpful to provide lethal support to the Ukrainian armed forces.”
But he added: “We are clear that we cannot afford to allow the Ukrainian armed forces to collapse, though I think they are long way from that position at the moment.” He went on to say it was not an issue for NATO or the EU, but a matter for individual governments to make a decision on.
Margallo called on Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity and said he wanted a “frank and open dialogue.”
A ceasefire agreed to start last Sunday has failed to stop fighting, which has killed thousands since the conflict started.