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US senator calls for arming Ukraine



 Washington: US Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on Sunday for the United States to arm Ukraine in its effort to repel what he called a Russian invasion.

"We ... should be providing the Ukrainians with the types of defensive weapons that will impose a cost upon (Russian President Vladimir) Putin for further aggression," the New Jersey Democrat told CNN's "State of the Union" programme from Kiev.

He said the European Union, Nato and the United States should work together to arm Kiev, which has been fighting Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine for several month.

Asked whether the Obama administration is considering such a move, Menendez said: "I think that may very well be on the table right now. These are changed circumstances."

President Barack Obama last week again ruled out US military action over Ukraine.

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