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US Congress approved allocation of $ 350mn to Ukraine in security aid

The funds will be allocated in the 2018 financial year, although with a reservation.

US Congress approved allocation of $ 350mn to Ukraine in security aid
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The draft US defence budget for the 2018 fiscal year envisages the allocation of $ 350mn to Ukraine in security aid.

The agreed document by the US Senate committee on armed services is posted on the website of the Senate Committee.

"Authorizes $ 350 million to provide security assistance to Ukraine, including defensive lethal assistance," reads the statement.

The legislation restricts half of these funds until the US Secretary of Defense certifies that Ukraine has taken substantial action to make defense institutional reforms critical to sustaining capabilities developed using security assistance.

In general, the US plans to allocate $ 4.6 bn for the counteraction to the Russian threat in Europe in the fiscal year 2018.

In September, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said that the US Senate has agreed to provide 500mn dollars in defense aid to Kyiv. The House of Representatives disagreed with the Senate and suggested that the disbursement should be reduced to 150mn dollars. After approvals in both chambers the amount slid down to 350mn dollars.