Obama Delegates Ukraine Support Act Reporting to Kerry, US State Department
US President Barack Obama will delegate mandatory reporting requirements under the Ukraine Freedom Support Act to the Secretary of State John Kerry and the US State Department, the White House said in a press release.
"I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the authority to prepare and submit to the Congress the reports and strategies required by" the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, Obama said in the press release on Thursday. The Ukraine Freedom Support Act requires the president to submit periodic reports to US Congress on the progress and strategies to support Ukraine and counter Russia. The reports will include the anticipated provision of defense articles and military training for Ukraine, support for civil society and democratization in Ukraine, as well as in Russia, and a separate report on Russia's compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
The Act, which also authorizes the provision of lethal assistance to Ukraine and the introduction of new sanctions against Russia, was passed by the US Congress and signed by Obama in December. Russian officials condemned the law, saying that Moscow would implement retaliatory measures if the full provisions of the bill are implemented.