US Senate approves $350 mln in defense aid to Ukraine

US Senate approves $350 mln in defense aid to Ukraine

U.S. Senate approved the US defense budget for 2017 fiscal year, which among other things provides for allocation of $350 million in assistance to Ukraine in defense and security field.

The vote took place on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

The budget was supported by 92 senators, while seven legislators voted against it. The document provides for allocation of $618.7 billion to Pentagon for next year, including $67.8 billion for foreign operations and emergency response.

In particular, $350 million are budgeted for Ukraine, covering financing of arms (including lethal), equipment, exercises, technical support for development of the system of monitoring of the state border of Ukraine, assistance in preparing staff officers and high command of Ukrainian troops.


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