Because the US defence budget assumes only $ 250 million of assistance to Ukraine (which is $ 100 million less than last year), it means that there will be a reduction of funding of Ukraine, if this difference will not be offset by other programs.
The correspondent of ГолосUA said political scientist Ruslan Bortnik.
“The United States and trump won’t be able to refuse to support Ukraine, even if there is some agreement with Putin, because today it is a requirement and a tool of pressure from the party “Hawks”, the American Democrats. Therefore, the withdrawal of such funding would have affected the Trump and would have led to his charges of collusion with Russia. But the amount of 250 million dollars, slightly less than the previous one. Last year it was 350 million US funding,” – said the analyst.
According to Mr. Bortnik, perhaps, if this difference will not be offset by other programs, then there will be a reduction of funding for Ukraine.
“Moreover, last year it was planned to Fund Ukraine in the amount of 500 million, but then funding was reduced to $ 350 million. The continuation of the present funding is, by and large, the preservation of the status quo within American politics. This funding will not change radically the situation in Ukraine and our armed forces,” he said.
We will remind, the President of the United States Donald trump signed the law on “Budget of the United States for the year 2019 for the needs of national defense” (NDAA).
Budget was named in honor of the Chairman of the Senate Committee on armed forces John McCain, who is struggling with serious cancer.
Overall, the document provides direction 716 billion on defense.