Ukraine will receive all the promised military assistance: the Pentagon works tirelessly
By the end of the fiscal year in the United States, that is, on October 1, the Pentagon provided Ukraine with 214 million of the 250 million dollars allocated by the US Congress to the US Defense Budget for the 2019 year. The remaining amount will be transferred over the next few weeks. This was announced by the Pentagon speaker, writes "Voice of America".
Four Democratic senators wrote a letter to the head of the US Department of Defense, Mark Esper, expressing concern that Ukraine had not received the full amount.
“We have allocated this money. They should have been used up during the last fiscal year, until October 1. November is nearing its end, and the money has not been used up yet, ”said one of the authors of this letter, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin.
“This is money that should be spent on critical military equipment to protect Ukraine. Now we are talking about 15-20% of all the money that is still in the Pentagon. After all this publicity, it’s hard to imagine that the administration of US President Donald Trump is not giving this money to Ukraine. ”
The Office of Management and Budget blocked almost 400 million dollars of military assistance to Ukraine. Of these, 250 million go through the Pentagon, the rest through the US Department of State.
Laura Cooper, an official with the U.S. Department of Defense who is directly involved in military assistance to Ukraine, explained that after the military assistance to Ukraine was unblocked on September 11, the Pentagon worked tirelessly to manage to provide the money to help Ukrainians. They managed to secure the allocation of 86% of these funds before the end of the fiscal year, she said in her opening remarks during a public hearing before the three House committees.
“This is more than we expected,” she said.
She explained that, thanks to the provision in the budget resolution, the Pentagon will be able to ensure the allocation of a similar unspent amount later, and Ukraine will receive all the help that was laid down in the 2019 budget of the year under the “Security Assistance to Ukraine Initiative” fund.
“Given how critical these tools are for enhancing Ukraine’s security and confronting Russian aggression, I thank Congress for its initiative,” she said.
Senator Durbin played a key role in unlocking US military assistance to Ukraine on 11 on September 2019. On the eve of lifting the block on military assistance to Ukraine, he prepared an amendment that proposed retaining part of the funding for administrative expenses of the US Department of Defense.
Durbin told reporters that he learned about blocking military aid in early September from Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who had recently returned from Ukraine.
“He asked:“ I can’t understand why we are holding this money? After all, Ukraine needs this money. ” I replied: "I will help prepare an amendment that states that the administration is obligated to provide this money." I prepared the amendment, made it clear that I was going to propose it. And when I had to file it, they told me that in the evening the Trump administration unblocked the money. So the funds in question were unblocked while waiting for my amendment to be submitted, ”he said.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- In August 2019, US President Donald Trump instructed review military assistance to Ukraine to make sure that the allocated funds are used in the best way from the point of view of Washington’s interests. At the time of the review, money from the military budget was frozen.
- Already in early Septemberruppa american Senators from both parties sent a letter to the head of the White House Administrative Budget Office urging Miku Mulvani to keep providing military assistance to Ukraine and “immediately” resume the receipt of funds.
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