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The U.S. Senate approved $300 million for military help to Ukraine

The U.S. Senate approved $300 million for military help to Ukraine from the new defense budget
The U.S. Senate approved $300 million for military help to Ukraine

The US Senate overwhelmingly approved the military budget, therefore there is a possibility that the Pentagon could spend $300 million, the Joinfo.ua referring to agency Reuters.

It is reported that the total amount of funds for military purposes is $612 billion.

The document does not require providing military assistance to Ukraine, however, the Minister of Defense has a right for it in coordination with the State Department. The amount allocated for the provision of military assistance to Ukraine is $300 million.

The document also allows spending $600 million to provide training programs for moderate Syrian opposition fighters. But in this case the Minister of Defense would need to obtain permission of Congress whenever he wants to spend the money for these purposes. Another $715 million were proved for an aid to Iraqi forces in the fight against “Islamic state.”

The draft law on the military budget also forbids cruel interrogation methods, prohibits US Administration to transfer prisoners from Guantanamo to prisons in the United States, the military pensions were increased and large amount for cyber defense.

It should be recalled that earlier the U.S. President Barack Obama signed a decree on the transfer of new defensive weapons to Ukraine.