The bill of US House of Representatives providing fro $150 million military support for Ukraine is just a part of earlier approved $350 million of general support in the Pentagon’s budget, the rest of funds will be provided after October 1, 2017. This was clarified by Valeriy Chaly, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, in Washington on Friday, according to Ukrinform.
"There is a budget for 2017 — the existing act providing for $350 million support in 2017 budget year. The acts to implement this decision are taken further. The amount of funds to be allocated currently is $150 million which will be allocated until October 1," Ukrainian diplomat noted.
The remaining funds from planned $350 million will be provided after October 1, according to Chaly. He ensured this is a technical issue and there are no amendments.
At the same time, he stressed that there is support for Ukraine in terms of US State Department Program apart from Pentagon’s assistance. It may also be provided in parts this year or coming years. Thus, Ukrainian representative emphasized the necessity to continue the according programs funded by this financial support.
As it was reported earlier, United States House Committee on Appropriations prepared a draft that provides for the transfer of 150 million dollars to Ukraine for defense purposes.