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U.S. to increase support for Ukraine Navy in countering Russia
Last Updated: 2018-12-22 14:05 | Xinhua
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The United States will provide additional funding to improve Ukraine's naval capabilities to counter Russia, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

An additional 10 million U.S. dollars would be provided to Ukraine to improve its naval capabilities, according to a statement issued by the State Department.

The move was a response to Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian vessels near the Kerch Strait last month, the statement said.

This funding, under the category of foreign military financing, is subject to Congressional approval and for purchasing U.S. defense articles and services.

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said Wednesday in Kiev that the U.S. plans to provide Ukraine with 250 million dollars of military aid next year.

Ukraine has reportedly received more than 1 billion dollars from the U.S. since 2014.

Lithuania and the United Kingdom would also increase their security assistance to Ukraine, according to the statement.

Moscow has regularly accused the U.S. of enhancing military cooperation with Eastern European countries by using Russian aggression as a pretext.

Russia has the right to implement its military policy in Crimea in a way that benefits national security, as Crimea is a part of Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual press conference on Thursday.

Last month, Russian forces seized three Ukrainian naval ships and 24 sailors in the Kerch Strait that separates Crimea and Russia's mainland, saying the Ukrainian ships breached its border.

Ukraine called Russia's actions an "act of aggression" and urged Moscow to release the captured ships and sailors.

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U.S. to increase support for Ukraine Navy in countering Russia
Source:Xinhua | 2018-12-22 14:05
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