Kyiv has repeatedly asked Washington for the long-range Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS).
This is to help hit supply lines, airbases, and rail networks deep behind Russia’s front lines in occupied regions of Ukraine.
The White House has not announced a decision to provide Ukraine with the ATACMS system. The missiles were also not publicly discussed when Zelenskyy visited Washington, DC on Thursday.
This is even as the US announced a new $325m military aid package for Kyiv.
The White House and the Pentagon declined to comment on the NBC report on Friday. The Pentagon also declined to say whether any promise of ATACMS was given to Zelenskyy.
This was during his meetings on Thursday at the Department of Defense, saying: “In regards to ATACMS, we have nothing to announce.”
A date for delivery of the ATACMS was not revealed, according to NBC.
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned earlier this month that the supply of longer-range missiles to Kyiv would cross a “red line”. Therefore, the US would be viewed as “a party to the conflict” in Ukraine if it did provide such weapons.
Zelenskyy did not answer directly when asked about the NBC reports on ATACMS. However, he noted that the US was the biggest single supplier of weaponry to Ukraine.
“We are discussing all the different types of weapons – long-range weapons and artillery. Artillery shells with the calibre of 155mm, then air defence systems,” Zelenskyy said, speaking through an interpreter.
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