09:00 Jun. 15, 2016
Assistance will be provided with some strings attached
The U.S. Senate has passed U.S. Senator John McCain's National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 foreseeing, among other things, up to USD 500 million in security assistance to Ukraine.
"[The act] authorizes up to USD 500 million to provide security assistance to Ukraine, including lethal assistance," reads a statement released by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yet, the assistance will be provided with some strings attached.
"The bill restricts half of these funds until the Secretary of Defense certifies that Ukraine has taken substantial action to make defense institutional reforms to fight corruption, increase accountability, and sustain capabilities developed by security assistance efforts," the statement said.
The act, which authorizes about USD 602 billion for the U.S. on defense and war for the next fiscal year, was passed with 85 votes, 13 voted against it. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to veto the NDAA, according to Voice of America.
Reporting by UNIAN