Obama vetoed defense bill that authorized lethal assistance to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

In case the bill does not enter into force, "Continuing resolution" will be introduced
12:11, 24 October 2015

Embassy of Ukraine to the USA emphasizes that the decision of President Obama to issue the fifth veto of rejecting the sweeping $612 bln National Defense Authorization Act is not connected with assistance to Ukraine, VIDIA.

"The U.S. President voiced an argument for his veto; this decision was prompted by the sequestration of budget, which remains in power, ignoring thea number of the proposed reforms to modernize the U.S. Army, and that the provisions of this document make impossible closing of Guantanamo prison, which is fundamental for Obama ever since his presidential campaign," as said in a statement of Ukrainian embassy.

"The volume of the assistance to Ukraine for the next year was announced to be $300 mln; it was backed by both parties and chambers of Congress, and caused no reservations on the part of the Administration," say Ukrainian diplomats.

But even if this bill does not enter into force, the military and other aid to Ukraine will continue. In this case the so-called "Continuing resolution" will be introduced. It will take all the amounts of financial expenditure that are in the 2015 budget for the following year.

Related: Ukrainian parliament increases the 2015 defense budget

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