– NATO Allies Deny Ukraine Official’s Claims Of Military Support (ZeroHedge, Sep 7, 2014):
The constant to-and-fro of lies, propaganda, and misinformation continues among all sides in Ukraine; but this ‘denial’ occurred very rapidly. As Reuters reports, a senior aide to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday that Kiev had reached agreement during the NATO summit in Wales on the provision of weapons and military advisers from five member states of the alliance. However, four of those five swiftly denied making any such pledge.
“At the NATO summit agreements were reached on the provision of military advisers and supplies of modern armaments from the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway,” Poroshenko aide Yuri Lytsenko said on his Facebook page.
Which was a little odd since…
NATO officials have previously said the alliance will not send arms to non-member Ukraine
Three of those five swiftly denied making any such pledge…
Asked about Lytsenko’s comments, defence ministry officials in Italy, Poland and Norway denied plans to provide arms.
Norway later denied the report saying it has no plans to send arms or military hardware to Ukraine, the Royal Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Lars Gjemble, told Itar-Tass.
“We are now trying to find out why such information was distributed,” he said.
“This news is incorrect. Italy, along with other EU and NATO countries, is preparing a package of non-lethal military aid such as bullet-proof vests and helmets for Ukraine,” an Italian defence ministry official told Reuters.
And now a fourth, as the US denies also…
Washington has not made an offer of “lethal assistance” to Ukraine, a senior US official told Reuters on Sunday.
Lytsenko gave no further details. He may have made his comment for domestic political reasons to highlight the degree of NATO commitment to Ukraine and to its pro-Western president.
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So who do we trust now?