The U.S. announced an additional $125 million in military aid to Ukraine Monday, following a day later with military and financial sanctions against Russia.
“Today, the U.S. Department of Defense announces a new $125 million package for Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative,” a Pentagon spokesman said.
The new package is intended to help Ukraine “preserve territorial integrity, as well as ensure the protection of its borders.” The funds will also be used to improve Ukraine’s operational compatibility with NATO, he said.
Earlier, the U.S. Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran, said that the U.S. is committed to strengthening the Ukrainian Armed Forces to help Kyiv “more effectively defend itself against Russian aggression.” Lloyd Austin has been in favor of providing Ukraine with weapons “for self-defence.”
There are no arms deliveries to Russia from the United States and none are planned, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of Russia said, commenting on the sanctions announcement by the US State Department.
“The regular US sanctions announced yesterday against our country in relation to the export of arms, cause bewilderment, since no arms deliveries from the United States to the Russian Federation are being carried out and, of course, they are not planned,” the FSMTC press service said.
“For historical accuracy – the last time the delivery of military equipment to our country from the United States was carried out during the Great Patriotic War (World War II) under the Lend-Lease program, the end of which was announced on August 21, 1945 by President Truman,” the FSMTC was quoted as saying in an Interfax report.