10:39 19.09.2017

Poroshenko: U.S. Senate green-lights $500 mln in disbursement, lethal weapons for Ukraine

Poroshenko: U.S. Senate green-lights $500 mln in disbursement, lethal weapons for Ukraine

The Senate of the United States of America has passed the draft National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.

"The US Senate passed the U.S. defense policy bill for 2018, which provides, among other things, the allocation of $500 million to support Ukraine in the field of security and defense," he wrote on Facebook in the early hours on Tuesday.

The draft authorized the supply of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine. It also permitted to spend funds of the U.S. defense budget on rehabilitation of wounded Ukrainian servicemen at U.S. hospitals, and to beef up the capacity of the Ukrainian Air Force and Navy, Poroshenko said.

"This is the first legislative act providing Ukraine with such means of defense as air defense and sea surveillance radars, naval countermine hardware, and coastal and Coast Guard vessels," Poroshenko said.

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