Couple of items from Interfax today. First it looks like batches of the AN/TPQ-36 are arriving. Think this might be the second batch.
Two counter-battery radars are to be delivered from the United States to the city of Yavoriv in Ukraine's Lviv region this week, the U.S. Ambassador in Kyiv, Geoffrey Pyatt, has said. The U.S. has provided Ukraine with Humvee armored vehicles, counter-artillery radars, and now two counter-battery radars will be delivered to Yavoriv as early as this week, Pyatt said in an interview published on Friday.
Then we have Poro bleating because the Russians want to protect their border from EU stuff, possibly relabelled as Ukrainian, pouring out of control over their border due to two trade agreements. Perhaps he should have thought about it earlier, the Russians have been warning about this for months.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has expressed his concern over Russia's intentions to introduce an embargo on imports of Ukrainian agricultural products, as well as a customs tariffs on products from Ukraine on January 1, 2016, during a meeting with European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom
According to the presidential press service, Poroshenko informed the EU Commissioner about the economic situation in Ukraine, the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as well as the recent decisions of the Verkhovna Rada concerning the approval of the package of anti-corruption and anti-discrimination laws that are required for the EU's introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens. "We have to be ready for economic consequences because Russia uses not only the occupation of the sovereign independent state of Ukraine but also a trade war against us," Poroshenko said.
The Ukrainian president also expressed hope for a favourable conclusion by an evaluation mission of the European Commission concerning Ukraine's readiness for the introduction of visa-free travel with the EU.
The Ukrainian head of state said the country's free trade area with the EU, due to be launched from January 1, 2016, will take EU-Ukrainian trade and economic relations to a new level and foster subsequent development of the Ukrainian economy.
Such optimism by Poro for the EU trade. Perhaps he should read press releases like this, unsanitary food!
The European Union (EU) is not considering increasing its quotas on supplies of Ukrainian products, European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström told reporters in Kyiv on November 13. She said that the EU has increased quotas for supplies of pork, beef and poultry for Ukraine, although the quotas were not used in full as Ukrainian goods do not comply with EU sanitary requirements. She said that she plans to discuss the issue of improving sanitary standards for Ukrainian food with the Ukrainian agricultural policy and food minister during her visit to Kyiv.