The new US administration has decided to give Ukraine another $125 million as a new package of military assistance. This was announced by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on March 1.
Today, the [U.S. Department of Defense] announces a new package of $125 million in security assistance to Ukraine,” he was quoted as saying by TASS.
According to Kirby, the package includes training, equipment and coaching efforts to help Ukraine “preserve the territorial integrity of the country, secure its borders.” In addition, the allocated money is aimed at improving “interoperability with NATO,” the Pentagon spokesman added.
On February 24, Lieutenant General Sergey Korneichuk, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that it was important for Ukraine to achieve compatibility of the army with military formations of the alliance, as well as to receive financial assistance. He noted that practical and logistical assistance from the alliance was a priority. In this regard, Ukraine will continue to carry out reforms according to NATO standards in 2021.
According to Kornoychuk, this year the country is going to receive the Neptun coastal missile system, a medium reconnaissance ship, American Island-type patrol boats and other weapons.
On February 16, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said that the situation in the southeast of the country would not prevent Ukraine from joining NATO. He added that the main issue at the moment was the transition of the Ukrainian army to the standards of the alliance.