(Photo:XIAMEN, CHINA: The head of states of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at the BRICS Summit in China today strongly condemned and named in a declaration, for the first time, Pakistan-based terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and the Haqqani network. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in the Chinese port city of Xiamen for the BRICS Summit 2017, said he looks forward to having "productive discussions and positive outcomes" with leaders of the grouping to support the agenda for a stronger partnership among the member countries. PM Modi holds bilateral meetings, starting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. PM Modi is also expected to meet leaders of countries like Egypt, invited by China as part of the BRICS outreach programme. Apart from Egypt, China has invited Kenya, Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand as guest countries at the BRICS Summit. PM Modi's visit to China to attend the BRICS Summit comes days after India and China ended the 73-day-long Doklam standoff. )
Ukraine and Russia have been at odds since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and armed separatists declared themselves independent. The resulting conflict has killed more than 10,000 people.
Last month, Mattis told reporters that he was "actively reviewing" whether to send defensive heavy weapons to Ukraine, a fellow NATO member.
“On the defensive lethal weapons, we are actively reviewing it,” Mattis said during a press conference alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in August.
“I will go back, now, having seen the current situation, and be able to inform the secretary of State and the president in very specific terms what I recommend for the direction ahead.”