The United States is considering providing the Ukrainian military with more advanced weaponry intended for defensive use against the Russians and Russian-backed separatists.

The announcement was made by U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, who said in a TV interview that the weapons would be to maintain the status quo, and that if Russia has no desire to continue offensive actions in Ukraine, they should not be concerned with any new weapons in the hands of Ukrainians.

As it stands, the Trump administration is reviewing the Obama-era policies of providing lethal arms to the Ukrainians.

Volker maintains that arming the Ukrainians would not “provoke Russia to do more than they are already doing, and it also isn’t going to change any kind of balance that way,”