U.S. Senate approves 2018 defense budget to provide $350 mln to Ukraine
The U.S. Senate has approved the bill on the "U.S. budget for 2018 on the needs of national defense," which contains permission to allocate $350 million to provide security assistance to Ukraine, the Ukrainian embassy in the United States said.
"Thus, the Congress has completed the procedure for the adoption of the noted document, which is henceforth to be signed by the U.S. president," the embassy wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday evening.
The draft law authorizes the provision of lethal weapons of a defensive nature to Ukraine and significantly expands the parameters of Ukraine's support from the U.S. in the security and defense spheres.
The document includes provisions that allow using U.S. defense budget funds for the rehabilitation needs of wounded Ukrainian servicemen in medical institutions of the United States, training of Ukrainian medical specialists in this field, and enhancing the capabilities of Ukraine's air and naval forces.
"It has been proposed to provide Ukraine with such defense means For the first time at the legislative level: radar air defense and surface surveillance, naval mine action vehicles, ships of coastal action and coast guard," the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States said.