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USA To Provide For Assigning USD 350 Million From Defence Budget As Aid To Ukraine In 2017

USA To Provide For Assigning USD 350 Million From Defence Budget As Aid To Ukraine In 2017

Ukraine, USA, aid, defence budget, NDAA, lethal assistance

The United States is likely to make provisions for assigning USD 350 million from the nation's defence budget as aid to Ukraine in 2017.

Ukrainian News Agency learned this from a statement made by the Ukrainian Embassy in USA.

U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have presented their consolidated version of the National Defense Authorizations Act (NDAA), 2017.

"From amounts authorized to be provided for security assistance to Ukraine, including lethal assistance, up to USD 350 mln shall be available for fiscal year 2017, a USD 50 mln increase from USD 300 mln authorized in NDAA, 2016, the statement said.

Ukraine security assistance and intelligence support has been expanded in the bill 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 Senate and the House are expected to act on the NDAA in the coming days.

The NDAA, 2017 reaffirms once again the high level of continued bicameral and bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for Ukraine fighting the ongoing Russian aggression.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the U.S. Senate (the upper chamber of the Congress) in November 2015 approved the nation's defence budget allocating USD 300 million to Ukraine.

In September, Ukraine and USA agreed cooperation between the defence ministers for five years.

The USA believes that the defence reforms in Ukraine are being carried out successfully.

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