The US Senate Proposed To Allocate $300 Million In Military Aid To Ukraine Annually
Members of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs from the Republican and Democratic parties presented a bill according to which Ukraine should be allocated an annual military aid of $300 million.
According to his information, the bill was introduced by Committee Chairman James Risch (Republican of Idaho) and senior Democrat Robert Menendez (from new Jersey), joined by Democratic senators Chris Murphy (Connecticut) and gene Shaheen (New Hampshire), as well as Republicans Rob Portman (Ohio) and John Barrasso (Wyoming).
The bill provides for the allocation of up to $4 million for the training of Ukrainian military personnel. The US Department of Defense and the State Department, according to Reuters, will have to report on the costs and needs of the Ukrainian armed forces, as well as prepare a plan to help ensure the security of this state. The bill also directs the American authorities to appoint a special representative of the United States for Ukraine.
Earlier, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo at a hearing in the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on the budget request of the state Department for the 2021 fiscal year, said that the US foreign Ministry expects to appoint a new person to the post of US special representative for Ukraine, which was held by Kurt Volker until his resignation in September 2019.
Pompeo also said that the Executive branch of government supports the proposal of lawmakers to increase the amount of assistance to Ukraine aimed at supplying weapons. The US Senate previously approved its version of the draft defense budget for the next fiscal year (starting in the country on October 1). According to this document, Ukraine can receive $250 million from the US military.
The House of Representatives also approved its version of the draft defense budget. Now both versions must be approved by a Committee of representatives from both chambers. After that, congressmen and senators will again have to vote for the agreed document. The final draft budget will be sent to the head of the state for signature.
About the scandal over aid to Ukraine
In Washington in September 2019, a major scandal began over allegations that US President Donald Trump exerted pressure on Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky during a telephone conversation to encourage Kyiv to help the head of the Washington administration to be re-elected for a second term this year.
There were suggestions that the American leader sought an investigation from his Ukrainian counterpart into the actions of the son of former us Vice President Joseph Biden in exchange for providing financial and military assistance to Kyiv. The house of representatives of the US Congress, controlled by the Democratic party, announced based on such suspicions about the launch of impeachment proceedings against the Republican Trump, who was eventually acquitted by the Senate, in which the majority of his fellow party members.