The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has passed a draft law on the approval of the president's decision on the admission of the armed forces of other states to the territory of Ukraine in 2019 to take part in multinational drills (No. 10067).
The relevant decision was backed by 263 out of the 353 MPs registered in the session hall, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The bill provides for approval of the president's decision on the admission of the armed forces of other states to the territory of Ukraine in 2019 to take part in multinational military exercises, Ukraine-U.S. Rapid Trident 2019 military drills, Ukraine-U.S. Sea Breeze 2019 drills, Ukraine-Romania Riverian 2019 drills, multinational Maple Arch 2019 exercises, and Ukraine-Britain Warrior Watcher 2019 drills.
The law comes into force on the date of its publication following the signing by the president of Ukraine.
According to the explanatory note, UAH 40.22 million (US$1.49 million) in spending on multinational exercises in Ukraine and abroad in 2019 is planned to be earmarked from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's 2019 budget under the budget program "Ensuring the activities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the training of troops," namely the "training of troops, conducting international exercises (operations)."