The U.S. may provide the additional lethal armament to Ukraine as soon as the Congress supports proper draft law as Voice of America reported citing Senator of the U.S. Republican Party Rob Portman.
“I am pleased to see that Ukraine got lethal defensive weapons, which we provided to it in 2017. And soon it will get more. You will see it in the law for which we will vote in Congress soon; other ideas will be there. I will not specify because we work on it. But, I hope, good news will be heard soon,” Portman noted.
U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker noted that Ukraine needs strengthening of the air defense and coast defense.
“From the point of view of the priorities, the anti-sniper systems were very important as the anti-tank missiles Javelin. Now we should pay attention to the air defense, coast defense, sea and coastal abilities. All of this is very important,” Volker said.
As we reported the formal process of approval of the draft defense budget for the next year which provides $250 million for Ukraine kicked off in the U.S. Congress. $50 million of the sum might be spent on provision of lethal arms of defensive nature.