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US may allocate $200 million of military aid to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The money should go to defensive lethal weapons, military training, logistics, support in the field of reconnaissance and replacement of weapons previously provided by the US
08:46, 22 March 2018

CNN

The U.S.Congress concluded a budget agreement for the 2018 financial year, within which Ukraine can receive 200 million dollars for military assistance.

"For the ‘‘Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative’’, $200,000,000 is hereby appropriated, to remain available until September 30, 2018: Provided, That such funds shall…provide assistance, including training; equipment; lethal weapons of a 24 defensive nature; logistics support, supplies and services; sustainment; and intelligence support to the military and national security forces of Ukraine, and for replacement of any weapons or defensive articles provided to the Government of Ukraine from the inventory of the United States,” the message says.

The funds are allocated for training, equipment, lethal weapons; logistics support, supplies and intelligence support to the military and national security forces of Ukraine.

In total, the bill has 1.3 trillion dollars to finance the government until September. It significantly increases the money for national defense and does not fund some immigration initiatives of US President Donald Trump.

Also, the budget allocates funds for the promotion of human rights in the DPRK ($8 million) and the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico ($ 1.6 billion).

Related: US Congress submits draft resolution on Holodomor in Ukraine

The Congress must adopt a budget until Friday. Then he will be signed by President Trump.

As it was reported earlier U.S. State Department approved possible sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles and launch units to Ukraine at an the cost of $47 million, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday the proposed sale would not alter the military balance in the region.

Ukraine’s government has asked to buy 210 Javelin missiles and 37 Javelin Command Launch Units, the statement said. The prime contractor will be a joint venture of Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, it added.

Related: Ukrainian Ambassador to US discuss cooperation in defense sphere with US congressmen

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