U.S. Senate allocates $500 mln in security assistance for Ukraine, authorizes lethal aid
The U.S. Senate has passed the draft of the National Defense Authorization Act 2018, which provides for the allocation of $500 million to support Ukraine in the field of security and defense, that’s according to a tweet by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who continues his U.S. visit.
According to the statement, the Act authorizes the supplies of lethal defensive assistance to the Ukrainian army.
"For the first time at the legislative level, it is proposed to provide Ukraine with such defensive means: air defense and sea surface monitoring radar systems, naval demining means, littoral and coast guard vessels," the report said.
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As UNIAN reported earlier, at a Monday meeting with leaders of the Ukrainian community and Crimean Tatar organizations in New York Poroshenko said that the U.S. lethal aid would not only let Ukraine considerably increase costs to be put on the Russian aggressor should it resort to an offensive, but it also unlocks similar assistance from the United Kingdom, Canada, and other states