Draft U.S. defense budget for 2018 provides $350 mln in aid to Ukraine, including lethal weapons
The draft U.S. defense budget for next year envisages the allocation of $350 million to provide assistance to Ukraine in matters related to security, including giving Kyiv defensive lethal weapons, according to Ukrainian Ambassador to Washington Valeriy Chaly.
"We have further support of Ukraine's defense capabilities by the U.S. The U.S. defense budget for 2018 provides $350 million for security policy assistance to Ukraine and a significant expansion in its scope. The draft law authorizes the provision of lethal weapons of a defensive nature to our state," he wrote in his Facebook page late on Thursday.
According to the Ukrainian diplomat, the document also envisages funds for the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in U.S. medical institutions and training of Ukrainian medics in this field.
"For the first time, it is proposed to provide Ukraine with such defensive means: air defense radar and above-water surveillance means, naval countermine equipment, coastal patrol and defense ships," Chaly wrote.