The White House commented on rumors about providing ATACMS to Ukraine
The United States does not rule out the possibility that it will provide Ukraine with ATACMS long-range missiles in the future. At the same time, the White House has not made any unequivocal statements on this issue.
Karine Jean-Pierre, a spokesperson for the Joe Biden administration, commented on the issue of providing the Ukrainian Armed Forces with these weapons. She spoke at a media briefing on September 22. The transcript was published on the official White House website.
"I'm not going to confirm the reports that have emerged. The [US] president has long said that ATACMS is not off the table. But I don't have anything new to announce," she said.
She added that the talks between Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Joe Biden during a personal meeting were important. "It sent a strong signal to the world that we will continue to support Ukraine," the Washington representative said.
NBC News, citing sources, previously stated that Biden assured Zelensky that Kyiv would receive ATACMS, but in "small numbers" for now.
ATACMS surface-to-surface missiles can be launched from the M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS. They have different modifications, with a maximum range of up to 300 km. This range would help the Defense Forces destroy important targets of the occupants' rear.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, ATACMS was not included in the new US military aid package to Ukraine. The list was revealed after Volodymyr Zelensky made a working visit to the United States in late September.