Pentagon spends USD 1.3 bn over five years to help Ukraine increase defense capabilities

Source : 112 Ukraine

The White House supports Ukraine's ascension to NATO, but it is impeded by territorial disputes, which includes the Crimean issue
10:44, 29 March 2019

Over the last five years, the U.S. government has spent over 1.3 billion dollars to enhance Ukraine's defense capabilities and interaction with NATO. Eric Pahon, the Pentagon's press secretary said this as quoted by Izvestiya outlet.

According to the official, the White House supports Ukraine's ascension to NATO, but it is 'impeded by territorial disputes, which includes the Crimean issue'.

On March 27, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reported that in the near future, Washington and NATO would take joint measures against Russia due to its aggression against Ukraine. 

Related: U.S. State Secretary: We provided Ukraine with defence means

Military intelligence agencies of Ukraine and the United States agreed to join efforts in terms of deterring the Russian hybrid aggression in Ukraine. This was the main agreement that the sides reached during the visit of Vasyl Burba, the chief of Ukraine's military intelligence.

The Ukrainian official met and negotiated with Robert Ashley, the Chief of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, leaders of the CIA and the officials of the U.S. intelligence community. Burba stated that Russia has been acting aggressively, in a provocative manner, aiming to destabilize the situation in the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.   

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