President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reached an agreement about weapon shipments with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates.
The advisor to the head of the MIA of Ukraine, member of Verkhovnaya Rada Anton Gerashenko wrote about this in his page on Facebook
According to him, the agreements were achieved during the meeting between the Ukrainian leader and the deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Crown Prince of the Abu Dhabi emirate Mohammed al-Nahayan. The negotiations occurred in the capital of the Arab state, where Poroshenko came to participate in the international weapon show IDEX-2015.
Gerashenko noted, that volumes of the shipments and types of weapons that are planned to be imported are not subject to disclosure.
«Arabs, unlike Europeans and Americans, are not afraid of Putin's threats of unleashing a third world war in the case of shipping weapons and materiel to Ukraine. Apparently, they have their own issues with Putin due to the decrease of oil prices by almost a factor of two and the worldwide instability, which impedes long-term development of the UAE. So this will be their small revenge», — wrote the advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs.
http://lenta.ru/news/2015/02/24/poroshenko/ (in Russian) — link
PS. Actually, as it was expected, the junta will be trying to get weapons from the West as it expects the renewal of military action in the spring of this year, which clearly shows its "peaceful" intentions. Because Obama, despite the pressure from Pentagon and the Senate, hasn't made a decision yet, the scheme with a "proxy" went into play, where one of the countries that is bound to the USA is ready to start shipping weapons in Ukraine, effectively becoming a buffer of sorts through which american weapon systems will be shipped. Moreover, they can be shipped as "weapons from the UAE" and the USA are sort of not involved. Why is it the USA and not France, which shipped the majority of UAE weapons? Because it was the USA which shipped anti-tank complexes BGM-71 TOW to the UAE, which have been mentioned for a while with regard to inflating the junta military with "defensive lethal weapons". If the USA have concerns with respect to more modern "Javelins" being captured by the NAF (the junta, by the way, understands this and is already anticipating the refusal to ship Javelins by telling stories of http://www.rusdialog.ru/news/16966_1424725520 (in Russian) how the Ukrainian "Stugna" can replace "Javelins" in some way), then the shipments of various TOW modifications (except perhaps the most modern modifications from the "zeroes"), may lie quite within the sphere of the U.S. interests. The UAE, in the case of actual shipments for the junta (through the Odessa port), will be able to ensure the appearance of shipments that are independent from the USA, both due to its own stocks and by importing weapons on the UAE territory to legalize them.
We'll see what exactly will be shipped through the UAE officially when the shipments will start (if they will start), but for some reason it seems that if weapons from the UAE will start flowing into Ukraine through Odessa, then we will see precisely the American TOW there.
The threat posed by these complexes must not be exaggerated, of course, but if the junta will be armed with significant numbers of these weapons, apparently the anti-tank defense of the junta will be able to give more problems to the NAF armor.
Original article: http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/2061518.html (in Russian)