Trump signs U.S. Defense Bill with $350 million allocated for Ukraine
U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for the allocation of $350 million in assistance to Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Washington notes that the law authorizes the provision of lethal weapons of a defensive nature and significantly expands the parameters of support from the United States to Ukraine.
In particular, the money can be used to treat wounded Ukrainian soldiers in American hospitals, train Ukrainian doctors, and strengthen the air and naval forces of Ukraine.
For the first time at the legislative level, the proposal has been made to provide to Ukraine equipment for radar air defense and over-water surveillance, naval anti-mine equipment, and ships that can patrol the coast.
In general, the U.S. defense budget will amount to $692 billion. The budget for 2017 was $619 billion.
It passed in the House of Representatives on November 14, and in the Senate on November 17.