: U.S. to allocate about USD 50 mln to support Ukraine's National Guard and border service

12:02 Apr. 14, 2016

U.S. to allocate about USD 50 mln to support Ukraine's National Guard and border service

Ukraine's National Guard holds drills on a training field near Kyiv (UNIAN photo)

American officials say they are ready to cooperate with new Ukrainian government  

The United States will allocate almost USD 50 million to help Ukraine reform and modernize its National Guard and State Border Service.

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The announcement was made after a meeting between Ukraine's Deputy Interior Minister Sergiy Yarovyi and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia - Michael Carpenter.

"We are proud of those efforts that have been made for the development of the National Guard and border service, as the programme to assist Ukraine was started from the National Guard. It was a pilot project. And we've seen an obvious progress. So when we decided to allocate funds for Ukraine to enhance its security in 2016, we were certain that these contributions should be continued. We are well aware that you have difficult issues in Donbas. So to address these issues we need the effective work involving many government institutions " - Carpenter said.

"We will continue to support Ukraine and are ready to cooperate with the new government," - he concluded.

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Earlier this month the White House has announced that in 2016 the U.S. will provide Ukraine with an additional USD 335 million in security aid.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden promised more financial support for Ukraine if the government continues with reforms.

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