U.S. defense budget for 2018 authorizes provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine, expands parameters of Kyiv's support
The defense budget for 2018, signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, provides $350 million to promote security in Ukraine and authorizes the country to provide lethal weapons, the Ukrainian embassy in the United States has said.
"President of the United States Donald Trump has signed the law on the U.S. budget for 2018 for national defense, which provides permission to allocate $350 million to provide assistance in the security sphere of Ukraine. The law authorizes the provision of defensive weapons to our state and significantly expands the parameters of Ukraine's support with the United States in the field of security and defense," the embassy said on its Facebook page.
Thus, the document contains provisions allowing the use of U.S. defense budget funds for the rehabilitation of wounded Ukrainian military personnel in medical institutions of the United States, education and training of Ukrainian medical specialists in this field, as well as strengthening the capabilities of the Air and Naval Forces of Ukraine.
The diplomatic mission noted that for the first time at the legislative level it is proposed to provide Ukraine with such defensive means: radar air defense and surveillance over the surface situation; naval anti-mine means; ships of coastal action and coast guard.