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 If Obama signs US defense budget, Ukraine will receive assistance worth of $300 million in near future, - Ambassador Chalyi

The assistance for Ukraine in the amount of $300 million may be provided in the near future, if the U.S. president signs the law on the defense budget for 2016, passed by the Congress on Wednesday.

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valerii Chalyi expressed his confidence, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"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.

Read more: US Congress passes bill sanctioning arms supply to Ukraine

"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.

Read more: US 2016 defense budget with $300 mln in military aid to Ukraine to be considered in Congress today
 
 
 
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