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US tacitly approves another $200m in security aid for Ukraine, - CNN

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new aid package for Kyiv includes sending much of the same defensive equipment the US has supplied in the past, including small arms and ammunition, secure radios, medical equipment, spare parts
09:45, 11 January 2022

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The U.S. "quietly" authorized an additional $200 million for security aid to Ukraine in late December as CNN reported, citing four people familiar with the matter.

The new aid package for Kyiv includes sending much of the same defense equipment the U.S. has supplied in the past, including small arms and ammunition, secure radios, medical equipment, spare parts, and more.

The additional funding for Ukraine's defense needs was approved just weeks before the scheduled US-Russian talks.

Related: US Senators urge Congress to increase security aid to Ukraine

According to two officials, the White House quietly notified Congress of the new decision earlier this month. Some officials learned about it through secret channels, the two sources added.

At the same time, the US continues to transport $60 million worth of equipment to Ukraine that was authorized this summer.

The State Department said that the weapons had been delivered in the past few weeks and that the aid would continue.

Related: Kyiv urges West to provide Ukraine with more military aid, launch preemptive anti-Russian sanctions

Recently, it became known that US President Joe Biden's administration has agreed to discuss with Russia the reduction of exercises and the deployment of troops in Eastern Europe. A new package of military assistance to Ukraine is also being prepared.

In December, Russia proposed to NATO countries ways to reduce tension in Europe.  The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Washington to join Russia's unilateral moratorium on the deployment of land-based INF in Europe and to coordinate and introduce necessary measures to verify the fulfillment of mutual obligations. In addition, Russia released a list of security proposals that it wished to discuss with Western countries. These included a promise to NATO to abandon all military activities in Eastern Europe and Ukraine.

 

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