11:43 10.11.2017

U.S. to help train Ukrainian military doctors, strengthen Air Force, Navy – embassy

U.S. to help train Ukrainian military doctors, strengthen Air Force, Navy – embassy

The approved draft of the new U.S. National Defense Authorization Act foresees the rehabilitation of wounded Ukrainian servicemen in U.S. medical institutions, the training of Ukrainian medical experts in this field, as well as the strengthening of the Ukrainian Air Force and Navy, Ukraine's Embassy in the U.S. has reported.

"The draft law authorizes the provision of defensive lethal weapons to our state. It also includes new provisions allowing the use of U.S. defense budget funds for the rehabilitation of wounded Ukrainian servicemen in U.S. medical institutions, the teaching and training of Ukrainian medical experts in this field, as well as the strengthening of the capabilities of the air and naval forces of our state," the embassy reported on its Facebook page late on Thursday, November 9.

The diplomats specified that for the first time at the legislative level, Washington proposes giving Ukraine such defensive means as air-defense and surface search surveillance radars, naval countermine means, offshore and coastal patrol ships.

The bill must be voted by the Senate and the House of Representatives before is it submitted for signature by the U.S. president.

"The position of both chambers of the U.S. parliament once again underscores the high level of bicameral and bipartisan support of Ukraine in opposing the Kremlin's aggression," the embassy said.

As reported, the approved draft U.S. defense budget envisions authorizes $350 million to provide security assistance to Ukraine, including defensive lethal assistance.

At the same time, 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."

In addition, the draft bill envisages allocations of $100 million to Baltic countries to beef up their defenses against possible Russian aggression.

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