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U.S. Congress to consider $125 million military assistance to Ukraine in January, — Volker

Source : 112 Ukraine

The assistance will be aimed at strengthening its air defense as well as the defenses of the seashore area and waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov
17:11, 19 December 2018

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The United States Congress will hear information in January 2019 about the allocation of $125 million, the first half of military assistance to Ukraine for the next year. U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that at a meeting with Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy in Kyiv on December 19, Interfax Ukraine reports.

"The U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that in January 2019 the United States Congress will hear information about allocating the next $125 million in military assistance to Ukraine, one half of its military assistance for the next year," reads the statement published on the website of the Ukrainian parliament following the meeting .

Volker said the United States wish to support Ukraine in its intention to strengthen its air defense as well as the defenses of the seashore area and waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

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"[The U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine] said the adoption of the law on sale of military equipment will give a signal not only for tax payers in the United States but also for European countries," the statement reads.

As we reported earlier, Kurt Volker, the U.S. Department of the State's Special Envoy for Ukraine's Affairs met with Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.

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The Ukrainian minister told Volker that as of December 18, most of the necessary measures were taken as foreseen by the martial law. Poltorak also thanked the U.S. for the 'solid stance' in terms of support of Ukraine. 

Volker stressed that the Russian aggression in Ukraine was unacceptable, as the Twitter of the U.S. Embassy quoted him.

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