WASHINGTON – Congressmen in the United States are proposing that Ukraine be declared a “NATO-plus” country, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Voice of America. A group of Republican congressmen intends to introduce a bill.
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Its authors note that this will significantly increase funding for deadly military aid to Ukraine. “Diplomacy has little chance of success if not approached from a position of strength,” said Republican Michael McCall, the bill’s main sponsor.
This initiative will provide Ukraine with the military and diplomatic support it needs in the face of Russia’s growing military capabilities near the border.
“Vladimir Putin must take into account that the Congress will not tolerate the restoration of Russia’s sphere of influence and will not allow the abandonment of Ukraine and our other NATO allies and partners in Central and Eastern Europe,” he added.
The bill defines Ukraine as a “NATO Plus” country that will provide expedited consideration of the sale of some US defense goods and services.
The document rejects Russia’s proposal to impose a moratorium on the deployment of medium-range surface-to-air missiles in Europe and calls on the United States to formally identify Russia as a sponsor of terrorism.
In late December, the US presidential administration secretly provided an additional $ 200 million in additional security assistance to Ukraine.
The new aid package includes the same defensive weapons that the United States previously provided to Ukraine, including deadly weapons. These include small arms and ammunition, protected radios, medical equipment, spare parts, and other equipment.
Recall that in December, US President Joe Biden approved an increase in security assistance to Ukraine to $ 300 million. He signed the 2022 Defense Budget Act passed by the US Congress.
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