U.S. authorities plan to significantly reduce financial aid to Ukraine
The White House in the draft budget of U.S. State Department for 2018 financial year (begins on October 1, 2017) put funds for support of Ukraine of $203,8 million whereas in 2016 this sum was several times more (according to the summary table, nearly $668 million). The budgetary inquiry published on Tuesday testifies to it.
In particular, in the White House it asks to finance a number of the current international programs realized by Department of State. So, it is offered to allocate $145 million for support of economy and development of Ukraine, $13 million for fighting against drugs in the country and $10 million more for counteraction to terrorism, elimination of mines and their non-proliferation.
In the column "foreign military financing" there is a crossed out section whereas in 2016 under this article Kiev was to receive $85 million. At the same time, Ukraine gets the main military support from the USA thanks to the budget of the Pentagon, but not State Department.
These figures and parameters are definitely not final, as a rule, they are seriously corrected during consideration of the draft budget by the US Congress. "Fortunately, most of Congressmen understand that this budget is dead. I plan to work with my republican adherents to eventually adopt the budget", the senior democrat of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ben Cardin said.