The administration of US President Joe Biden explained to the Ukrainian authorities why it cannot send them ATACMS long-range missiles. Washington fears a shortage of weapons in its warehouses, sources say Politico. As the newspaper notes, this concern exists along with US fears that Ukraine will strike at the territory of Russia.
US officials told Kyiv that they did not have free ATACMS, and their transfer would reduce stocks and damage the combat readiness of the US army. The Politico interlocutor explained that Washington wants to maintain a certain level of ammunition. “With any package, we always consider our readiness and our own stockpiles, giving Ukraine what it needs on the battlefield,” a senior Pentagon official told the publication.
According to Politico, ATACMS tends to top the list of Ukraine’s weapons requests. It is alleged that Kyiv may seek approval from Washington to purchase a missile from other countries with funds received from the United States. ATACMS is used by South Korea, Poland, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Qatar and Bahrain.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said earlier that Kyiv is ready to guarantee Western countries that the army will not use long-range missiles on Russian territory. In October 2022, The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States did not want to transfer ATACMS ballistic missiles to the Ukrainian Armed Forces because of the possibility of using them to strike Russia. According to the newspaper, due to similar concerns, the US modified the range of HIMARS before being sent to Ukraine.
About Kyiv’s request for weapons – in the material “Kommersant” “Vladimir Zelensky got involved in the tour.”