Pentagon confirms provision of military aid for Ukraine in 2019

U.S. to allocate 250 million dollars to boost the country's security and defense
08:05, 30 August 2019

U.S. Department of Defense has reconsidered provision of military assistance for Ukraine, deciding to carry on. Thus, Pentagon will assign 250 million dollars for that matter. 

Politico quoted a senior Pentagon official who said that the Department supports the assistance package.

"Congress approved $250 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative in fiscal 2019. President Donald Trump had previously authorized the sale of lethal weapons, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, to help confront separatist forces backed by Russia. But in recent days the White House Office of Management and Budget has delayed the funds and asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper and national security adviser John Bolton to determine if the program remains in the best interest of the United States", the outlet wrote. 

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Politico added that this request of the White House evoked an outrage of the Congress's lawmakers; they consider the military support program to be crucial in terms of containing Russian aggression.

Recently, John Bolton, U.S. National Security Advisor said that the White House would reconsider the size of military support of Ukraine. U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Ukraine William Taylor claimed that Washington never made a decision to stop providing military assistance to this country.

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