Trump signs U.S. budget providing for $620 million to Ukraine

Trump signs U.S. budget providing for $620 million to Ukraine

President of the United States Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill into law, having earlier threatened to veto it.

"President of the United States Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives for the fiscal year 2018. The total volume of assistance to Ukraine stipulated in the document is determined at $620.7 million, which exceeds last year's corresponding estimate," Ukraine's Embassy in the United States wrote on Facebook.

According to the law, the Pentagon allocates $200 million in military and technical assistance to Ukraine, which is by $50 million more than in 2017. These funds will be used to finance U.S projects for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in particular, such as training of soldiers, provision of military equipment, lethal defensive weapons, other military equipment and services, and logistic support. The assistance also includes intelligence support for Ukraine's armed and security forces.

The aid to Ukraine from the U.S. Department of State and related agencies is estimated at $420.7 million, which is $10 million more than the corresponding expenses of the previous year.

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