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U.S. Congress publishes bill on granting Ukraine status of U.S. main ally except for NATO

The draft law is aimed at strengthening the defense capabilities of Ukraine, including through the transfer of defense articles, the sale of lethal defense articles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the strengthening of Ukraine's ability to withstand Russian cyber attacks
14:09, 1 June 2019

Reuters

The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress presented a draft law On Supporting Ukraine to Protect Its Independence, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity, which provides for the possibility of granting Ukraine the status of the U.S. main ally except for NATO. The press service of the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States reports.

"The bill foresees the possibility of granting Ukraine the status of the U.S. main ally except for NATO from the time of coming into force of this document until our country joins the North Atlantic Alliance. This status can be used to simplify the procedure for the transfer of defense articles to Ukraine," the report said.

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It is reported that the bill is aimed at strengthening the defense capabilities of Ukraine, including through the transfer of defense articles, the sale of lethal defense articles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the strengthening of Ukraine's ability to withstand Russian cyber attacks. Anti-tank, anti-ship, and anti-aircraft systems are added to the list of types of weapons that can be transferred to Ukraine.

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The draft law states that U.S. policy should include support:

  • The sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, as well as the Euro-Atlantic and European integration of our state.
  • The right of the people of Ukraine to freely determine their future and to adopt independent and sovereign decisions in the field of foreign and security policy, including concerning relations with other countries and international organizations without interference, intimidation or pressure from other countries.
  • Ukraine's rights to defend against Russian aggression by providing U.S. security assistance.
  • Further consolidation of democratic values in Ukraine, including by strengthening the rule of law, enhancing transparency and accountability in the state sector, and combating corruption.

The co-authors of the bill were the leaders of the House of Foreign Affairs Committee, Democratic congressman Eliot Engel and Republican Michael McCaul, as well as Chairman and Co-chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Democrat William Keating and Republican Adam Kinzinger.

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