Moscow believes that the decision adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives to ban the training of Ukraine's 'Azov' volunteer battalion by the U.S. military is correct, albeit belated.
"It took the American Congress more than a year to realize that this battalion is a gathering of blatant neo-Nazis parading Hitler's SS forces insignia and behaving as punishers on the occupied territories. But better late than never. The next logical step for them would be to recognize finally that last year's coup in Kyiv, which was actively supported by Washington, was staged by the same neo-Nazi roughnecks," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a commentary.
"Obviously, other units of Ukraine's National Guard are not better than 'Azov'," he said.
"The bloody crimes committed by Ukrainian neo-Nazis, who burned Odessa residents alive and who continue to kill women and children in Donbass, have long been speaking for themselves. The only question is when Washington will decide to notice them," Lukashevich said.
Earlier the U.S. House of Representative has passed amendments by Congressmen John Conyers (Democratic Party) and Ted Yoho (Republican Party) to a defense spending bill aimed at protecting civilians from the dangers of arming and training foreign forces.
According to a report posted on Congressman Conyers' website, the offered bipartisan amendments "block the training of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary 'Azov Battalion' and prevent the transfer of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles - otherwise known as Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems (MANPADS) - to Iraq and Ukraine."
"I am grateful that the House of Representatives unanimously passed my amendments last night to ensure that our military does not train members of the repulsive neo-Nazi 'Azov Battalion', along with my measures to keep the dangerous and easily trafficked MANPADS out of these unstable regions," Conyers said.
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