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 U.S. to allocate $50 million to support National Guard and Border Service

The United States will allocate around $50 million to support the National Guard and the State Border Service of Ukraine.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the Interior Ministry's press service, this was announced by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Michael Carpenter during his meeting with deputy Interior Minister of Ukraine Serhii Yarovyi.

According to him, these funds will be allocated for equipment purchases and conducting a reform of the management system.

The event, which was aimed at discussion of bilateral defense cooperation, was also attended by the National Guard Commander Yurii Allerov and head of the State Border Service Volodymyr Nazarenko.

"I would like to thank the U.S. for support to Ukraine at this difficult time for our state. We highly appreciate the efforts by our partners, first of all in political and diplomatic relations. The American support in the defense sector is especially important for us. The U.S. leadership is also a key factor in conducting reforms in the law enforcement sector," Yarovyi stressed.

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In his turn, Michael Carpenter noted that the U.S. is proud with the efforts made at the development of the National Guard and the State Border Service. He said that the project of the National Guard reform, which was a pilot project, was a real progress. The allocation of the funds in 2016 should continue this progress, he said.

Carpenter stressed that the U.S. will continue supporting Ukraine and is ready to cooperate with the new government.

At the end of the meeting the Ukrainian party thanked its U.S. colleagues for continuous support of the defense sector reforms.
 
 
 
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