White House confirms that transfer of ATACMS to Ukraine is "not excluded"
The transfer of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine is not ruled out. In the course of the war, the needs that the United States transfers to the Ukrainian army change
John Kirby, Strategic Communications Coordinator for the US National Security Council at the White House, said this, Voice of America reports.
"The transfer of ATACMS is not excluded. We continue to review the additional capabilities that Ukraine needs," he said.
According to him, he is not in a position to make any announcements about ATACMS missiles.
"I will only say that as the war changes, so do the capabilities we provide to Ukraine. And I think those changes will continue," Kirby added.
The journalists asked him if he was referring to the ATACMS transfer, but he said he wanted to stand by what he said.
ATACMS for Ukraine: what is known
On April 19, the United States announced another USD 325 million military aid package to Ukraine, which included HIMARS and artillery shells.
At the end of May, representatives of the US Congress called on Biden to send the missiles to Ukraine. In a letter addressed to the US President, the leaders of the bipartisan Helsinki Commission called on the White House to authorize the delivery of the US Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) to Ukraine.
On June 10, members of both parties in the US House of Representatives introduced a resolution calling on Joe Biden to send ATACMS to Ukraine.
On June 21, the House Foreign Affairs Committee supported a resolution to Biden calling for the immediate delivery of ATACMS to Ukraine.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States is close to making a decision to provide Ukraine with long-range tactical missile systems ATACMS.
The WP reported that the US does not have enough ATACMS missiles to provide them to Ukraine.
On September 9, it was reported that the United States may provide missiles to Ukraine in the next aid package.
On September 12, media reported that the Biden administration was close to approving the supply of longer-range missiles to Ukraine, which are immediately equipped with cluster munitions.
On September 15, The Wall Street Journal reported that Ukraine is close to receiving ATACMS missiles from the United States this fall.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on September 15, that the Ukrainian military will use US missiles as they see appropriate.
During the talks in the White House on September 22, US President Joe Biden has reportedly assured Volodymyr Zelenskyy that Ukraine would receive a small number of ATACMS missiles.
On September 28, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the supply of long-range missiles to Ukraine was discussed during a meeting between President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, US President Joe Biden, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz last week.
On October 3, Bloomberg reported that the Pentagon is ready to provide Ukraine with ATACMS missiles very quickly – they are only waiting for the final approval of US President Joe Biden.
On October 10, Biden's advisor Sullivan revealed who opposed the provision of ATACMS to Ukraine.