The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, December 17, approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which, among other items, provides for US$300 million for Ukraine's security in 2020.
The U.S. Senate approved the bill to finance defense spending totaling US$738 billion, according to the VOA's Ukrainian service.
The NDAA, among other things, reauthorizes $300 million of funding for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, to include lethal defensive items as well as new authorities for coastal defense cruise missiles, and anti-ship missiles.
It is noted the document also contains provisions on sanctions targeting the construction of the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream gas pipelines, both bypassing Ukraine. In addition, it envisages a ban on the transfer of U.S. F-35 fighter jets to Turkey.
Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers separately draw attention to the fact that the bill, which is now to be signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, contains provisions to increase military pay by 3.1%.