The news that the U. S. Pentagon and State Department have drawn up plans to supply Ukraine with anti-tank missiles and other defensive weapons has provoked a flurry of opinion pieces for and against the move.

The arguments fall into two broad camps: those arguing for arming Ukraine say such weapons will deter further aggression from Russia, while those arguing against say that arming Ukraine will only anger the Kremlin and provoke it to escalate the conflict, or encourage Ukraine to go on the offensive itself.

Which argument is valid?

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