Ambassador Chaly / Photo from UNIAN

Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly says that Ukraine hopes for NATO and U.S. support in boosting its defense capabilities.

"We expect further assistance [from the United States and NATO] in boosting our defense capabilities. We also expect the development of energy and energy security projects," Chaly told the Chas-Time program of the Voice of America's Ukrainian Service.

"Russia poses a threat not only to Ukraine, but also to Europe. The United States sees Russia as a threat, which was not the case before. Therefore we are working together now," he added.

As UNIAN reported, late in summer the U.S. Senate passed the defense budget for 2019; it amounted to US$717 billion. Of the amount, the United States was going to send US$250 million to Ukraine to help it strengthen its defenses. Despite the budget increase in December, the amount for Ukraine did not change.