U.S. reviewing Ukraine military aid request but focus now is diplomacy

by Reuters
Monday, 17 March 2014 18:00 GMT

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday the United States was reviewing Ukrainian requests for military aid but insisted that Washington for now was limiting its assistance to economic support as it seeks a diplomatic path with Russia.

"We're reviewing requests by the Ukrainian government and military," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. "Our focus is on steps that Russia can take to de-escalate." (Reporting By Susan Heavey and Matt Spetalnick)