"It is actually the next important step to deepen cooperation and military-technical interoperability with Ukraine and those $300 million, which have been struggled for, are an important achievement," the ambassador commented on the law adopted by the U.S. Congress Oct. 7, which envisaged $612 billion for the Pentagon for the next year.
Chalyi recalled that the draft budget initially stipulated for $200 million assistance to Ukraine. The amount was later increased by $100 million.
"Every 10 million is an additional anti-tank means, counter-battery radars," the diplomat stressed, noting that "three hundred million is a very good result."
At the same time the ambassador stressed that the possibility to provide lethal weapons for Ukraine has been administered by the United States at the legislative level for the first time ever.
"We're talking about weapons that can be used in case of continuation of Russian offensive in Ukraine," he said.
In addition, the law provides for the supply of non-lethal equipment. The counter-battery radars are meant in particular, which the Ukrainian ambassador has called a very important aspect.
If President Obama imposes the promised veto on the law and returns it to the legislators, there is a high probability that the item on the multi-million aid to Ukraine will remain.