US Senate adopts defense budget providing for lethal arms supply to Ukraine

The U.S. Senate has approved a revised draft budget for defense needs, which provides, inter alia, for the allocation of $300 mln in military assistance to Ukraine.

The adoption comes in the wake of document's approval last week in the House of Representatives, Censor.NET reports referring to Ukrinform.

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The draft has undergone some changes since last month when it was vetoed by U.S. President Barack Obama for a number of reasons not related to Ukraine.

The current text, overall 1,320 pages, has been amended, although sections stipulating for military aid to Ukraine remained unchanged. In particular, section 1250 specifies the right of the secretary of defense, in coordination with the secretary of state, to use $300 mln to render assistance to Ukraine in the fields of defense and security, including lethal and non-lethal weaponry, training of Ukrainian troops, intelligence support. The document also provides for "equipment and logistics support, supplies and services to military and other security forces of the Government of Ukraine."

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The bill separately stipulates for provision to Ukraine of "anti-armor weapon systems, mortars, crew-served weapons and ammunition, grenade launchers and ammunition, and small arms and ammunition."

According to the procedure, the bill is to be re-sent to the U.S. president for signature. As previously reported, the upper house of the U.S. Congress passed a bill Oct. 8 which determined the funding of country's defense needs for the next fiscal year, totaling $612 bln. The bill also provided for the allocation of $300 mln in military aid to Ukraine, including lethal and non-lethal weaponry, training of Ukraine's military, intelligence support. However, yet before the voting in the Senate, the White House made no secret of its intention to veto the bill, as it exceeded previously set limits.

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On Oct. 22, Barack Obama vetoed the bill. Russian media spread this news, focusing on the fact the bill provided for the provision of military assistance to Ukraine.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n360110