U.S. House of Reps backs $250 mln security aid to Ukraine
The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress has adopted the draft budget providing the allocation of $250 million to boost Ukraine's security and defense, the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States has reported.
"The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress passed a bill on "U.S. budget for 2019 for national defense needs," the embassy said on Facebook on Thursday.
It specifies that the amount allocated to the U.S. Department of Defense on security assistance to Ukraine is estimated at $250 million, of which $50 million is to be directed at lethal weapons.
In addition, the diplomatic mission of Ukraine in Washington noted that the document includes the main provisions of the draft "Law on Cooperation with Ukraine on Cyber security," which provides assistance to Kyiv in strengthening its own capabilities to protect against cyber attacks.
"In particular, the State Department was instructed to report to the Congress on the state of cooperation with Ukraine in the field of cyber security with a view to seeking new directions for such interaction and support," it says.
Next, the draft of the "National Defense Authorization Act 2019" has to be supported by the Senate and handed over to U.S. president to be signed.
As reported, on July 23, the U.S. Congress proposed extending financial assistance to Ukraine for defense needs in the fiscal year 2019.
According to a report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which was published on Tuesday, the Congress recommends extending security assistance to Ukraine by $200 million.