U.S. President Joe Biden has instructed the State Department to allocate up to $60 million from the Pentagon to Ukraine.
That’s according to a memorandum released on the White House website August 27, Ukrinform reports.
“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America <…> I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the authority <…> to direct the drawdown of up to $60 million in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense, and military education and training, to provide assistance to Ukraine and to make the determinations required under such section to direct such a drawdown.
The move comes ahead of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the United States at Biden’s invitation.
The visit will kick off on August 30 and include events scheduled in Washington D.C. and California.
The summit of the two presidents will be held August 31.
The parties are expected to sign three bilateral agreements on defense partnership, projects in the field of research, development, testing, evaluation and cooperation in space.
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