Posted by: 11-11-2019, 03:43
Advisor to Trump hopes for a peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia
OКјBrien added that while the Trump administration is ready to provide assistance to Ukraine
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Advisor to the US President, who previously postponed the decision to grant Kyiv trade privileges on national security, Robert O'Brien expressed the hope that Ukraine and the Russian Federation will be able to agree.
About this O'Brien said on the air of CBS.
вЂњIвЂ™m not going to dive into a hypothesis about what may happen in the future. I hope that Russia and Ukraine can agree, and there can be some kind of peace agreement between them,вЂќ O'Brien said.
In response to a journalistвЂ™s question whether the United States intends to continue providing military assistance to Ukraine against the background of the Trump impeachment procedure, the White House adviser said: вЂњI canвЂ™t promise that the USA will do something forever, but for now, weвЂ™re the first administration, and Trump is the first president to provide weapons to Ukraine. I think this is very important.вЂњ
OКјBrien also added that while the Trump administration is ready to provide assistance to Ukraine.
It was previously reported that US Democratic senators called on the Pentagon to investigate a delay in financial assistance to Ukraine. The reason for this was the suspicion that US President Donald Trump tried to use it as a lever of pressure on the Ukrainian authorities.
Recall that the United States restored all military assistance to Ukraine both through the Department of State and through the Pentagon.
We are talking about at least about $250 million through the Pentagon, which had previously been frozen during the audit of the funds. In addition, according to Clark Cooper, US Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs, an additional $140 million will be allocated from the Foreign Office.
In late August, Politico reported that US President Donald Trump had ordered a review of military assistance to Ukraine.
As the newspaper noted, the president wanted to make sure that this money was used in the best way from the point of view of the interests of the United States. At the time of the audit, these funds were frozen. Later, the publication informed that the Pentagon, as a result of the review of the package of military assistance to Ukraine, advocated its preservation.
According to the US Department of Defense, the amount of military assistance provided by Washington to Kyiv since 2014 amounted to $1.5 billion.