The US State Department has authorized Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send US-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine, several sources report to Reuters news agency.
The ministry confirms the transfer, saying that this also applies to Great Britain but would not say which weapons were involved. On Wednesday, during a speech celebrating his first year as president, Joe Biden predicted that Russia would invade its neighbour.
Under US regulations, countries must obtain State Department approval before transferring US weapons to other countries. The authorized transfer allows Estonia to supply anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. Lithuania is sending Stinger missiles, one of the sources said.
“The United States and its allies and partners are working together to accelerate security assistance to Ukraine. We are in close contact with our Ukrainian partners and our NATO allies and creatively use all available security cooperation tools to help Ukraine help bolster its defences at this time of growing Russian aggression,” said a foreign ministry spokesman.