UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The United States has allocated almost $ 1 billion to Ukraine to improve the security of the country since 2014, said US ambassador in Kiev Marie Yovanovitch.
“Since 2014, the US has provided Ukraine with nearly $ 1 billion of assistance for security policy, which includes equipment … and we often focus on this … we provide many important equipment, including radar, night vision devices and so on, that save the lives of Ukrainians,” said Yovanovitch to the TV channel 112 Ukraine.
According to her, the main investment, which is noted by Ukrainian generals, are “exercises that are carried out not only by the Americans, but also by other NATO allies.”
At the same time, the ambassador could not answer when the United States provided weapons to Kiev. “I can not say anything new, obviously, this is not the information about which we publicly speak,” Jovanovic said.
The US House of Representatives in March adopted the budget until September 30, 2018, when the current financial year ends. According to the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, it increased the costs of supporting Ukraine. In particular, the total amount of aid to Ukraine is $ 620.7 million, including $ 200 million for military technical assistance. President of the United States Donald Trump announced that he had signed the budget.
Earlier, the US administration had already approved the supply of weapons to Kiev, including portable anti-tank missile systems Javelin. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Kiev expects to receive weapons from the US in 2018.
Russia has repeatedly warned against the supply of arms to Ukraine, as this will only lead to an escalation of the conflict in the Donbass. As the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov repeatedly stated, the supply of arms to Ukraine from outside will not contribute to a settlement in the Donbass and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Grigory Karasin also told RIA Novosti that Moscow is concerned about the planned supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine.