"The first myth is that American weapons will force Russia to send its weapons to the Donbas. But Russia never stopped doing this. Secondly, American weapons will not solve the situation as a whole. But this will definitely help resolve the situation along with sanctions and diplomatic pressure. Thirdly, the supply of American weapons will increase the tension. But this will increase the cost of Russian aggression as well. In the face of such strong deterrence Moscow would think twice before launching another offensive," he said.
Poroshenko stressed that the provision of defensive weapons will save lives of the Ukrainian military, which is the most important.
Earlier, the U.S. Senate approved the allocation of $500 million in military assistance to Ukraine.