The bipartisan group of U.S. Congressmen has registered a draft law "On Partnership in the Area of Security of Ukraine" for the Senate's consideration. It foresees that the U.S. government will allocate annual military assistance for Ukraine in the amount of 300 million dollars. This is mentioned on the website of the Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee.
The co-authores are Chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendes, the Committee's Ranking Member Jim Risch, Senators Rob Portman, Chris Murphy, John Barrasso and Jeanne Shaheen.
- Demands a report about U.S. diplomatic support for Ukraine within the next five years;
- Urges Department of the State to create a work group, involving respective European allies;
- Urges the White House to send a special envoy to Ukraine who would act as a link with the U.S. in Normandy peace talks and support the dialogue with the Black Sea region countries;
- Approves foreign military funding for Ukraine in the sum of 300 million dollars per year, including the authority to provide lethal military assistance;
- Assigns four million dollars per year for training of Ukrainian officers via international military drills.
Earlier, we reported that the Pentagon allocated the new aid package for Ukraine within the initiative to support the country's defense capacity; it is worth 125 million dollars. This initiative includes training programs, hardware and consultative services; it aims to help Ukraine's military save the country's territorial integrity, protect the borders and improve cooperation with the NATO. Thus, the U.S. confrms its further intention to provide defensive lethal weapons for Ukraine so that it can protect itself from the Russian aggression more effectively.
In early March, the Petagon claimed that in order to get the financial assistance of 150 million dollars this year, Ukraine must show tangible progress in the major defense reforms.