The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine welcomes the approval on 11 December by the US Senate and on 8 December by the US House of Representatives of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA 2021).
The provisions of this document envisage, in particular, the allocation of a significant package of security assistance to Ukraine, including through an increase in available funds for the purchase of lethal weapons for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as increasing sanctions pressure against the subversive activities of the Russian Federation.
With its decisions, the United States once again demonstrate its leadership in supporting Ukraine, its sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders.
We highly appreciate the strong bipartisan and bicameral support of Ukraine in the United States, the readiness of Ukraine's strategic partner to continue practical assistance to our country in strengthening our defense capabilities in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.
For Reference: On 11 December 2020, the US Senate by an overwhelming majority (84-13) and on 8 December 2020, the US House of Representatives (335-78) approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA 2021). The provisions of the document provide for the allocation to Ukraine for security assistance in 2021 under the program "Security Assistance Initiative to Ukraine" of $250 million, including $75 million for the purchase of lethal weapons for the Armed Forces, which is $25 million more than in 2020. In addition, NDAA 2021 provides for strengthening of sanctions against the construction of Nord Stream-2, in particular the expansion of the list of services subject to US sanctions under the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act of 2019. To take effect, NDAA 2021 must be signed by the President of the United States.