U.S. Senate approves defense budget for 2016 which envisages $300 mln aid to Ukraine
The U.S. Senate approved on Tuesday the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2016 Fiscal Year which envisages $300 million in military assistance to Ukraine, Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly has reported.
"On November 10, 2015, the United States Senate approved the revised budget of the U.S. for 2016 for the needs of the national defense, with 91 senators supporting the bill and three voting against, which allows the Defense Department, in coordination with the secretary of state to provide military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $300 million in the 2016 financial year," Chaly wrote on his Facebook page.
In his words, $50 million of this amount can be used to provide Ukraine with defensive weapons.
"Today's vote has completed the procedure of the approval of a new compromise version of the defense budget by both houses of the Congress after President Barack Obama vetoed the previous version of the bill. Last week, the document was supported by the overwhelming majority of the House of Representatives," the ambassador recalled.
He noted that, despite the reduction in the overall budget estimate by $5 billion, which was the result of relevant agreements reached between the U.S. President Administration and the Congress, the amount of funds allocated for the assistance to Ukraine had not changed.
"The budget will enter into force after it is signed by U.S. President Barack Obama. It is worth noting that White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he expected the document to be signed as soon as the president receives it," Chaly said.