U.S. House & Senate armed services committees authorize $350 mln for Ukraine
The United States House and Senate Armed Services Committees have approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which provides $350 million in military aid to Ukraine, including defensive lethal weapons.
"The NDAA authorizes $350 million to provide security assistance to Ukraine, including defensive lethal assistance. The legislation restricts half of these funds until the Secretary of Defense certifies that Ukraine has taken substantial action to make defense institutional reforms critical to sustaining capabilities developed using security assistance," a report posted on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee says.
Read alsoEnvoy to U.S. urges Congressman Engel to support enhanced aid for UkraineThe NDAA also authorizes $4.6 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) to reassure NATO allies and enhance the U.S. deterrent and defense postures in Europe.
In total, the NDAA supports a topline of $700 billion for national defense.