: :inin Kyiv (EET)

U.S. Congress boosts military assistance, including lethal weapon, to Ukraine to US $350 mln

The U.S. Congress has passed the consolidated National Defense Authorizations Act, 2017, boosting U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to US$ 350 million, according to a posting on the Facebook page of Ukraine`s Embassy in the United States.

”U.S. Senate has finalized consideration and following the House passed the consolidated National Defense Authorizations Act, 2017,” the posting said.

”According to the bill, from amounts authorized to be provided for security assistance to Ukraine, including lethal assistance, up to $350 million shall be available for fiscal year 2017, a $50 million increase from $300 million authorized in NDAA, 2016,” it said.

Ukraine security assistance and intelligence support has been expanded to include equipment and technical assistance to the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine for the purpose of developing a comprehensive border surveillance network for Ukraine, as well as training for staff officers and senior leadership of the military.

”The document is now headed for signing by the U.S. President,” the posting said.

”We appreciate the bicameral and bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for Ukraine in our fight against the ongoing Russian aggression,” the Ukrainian Embassy said.

See also: U.S. helps Ukraine to rebuild Navy to counter Russian build-up in Crimea


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