NEWSWATCH: “U.S. Senate approves $500 million military aid, lethal weapons for Ukraine”

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“The … Senate passed … the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, authorizing the provision to Ukraine of $500 million worth of military aid, including lethal defensive weapons. … approved 89 to 8 votes, [the bill] will now go to the president’s desk … [it passed] the House … on July 14. * * * The executive summary … [says] that half of the $500 million … will be withheld until the … Secretary of Defense ‘certifies that Ukraine has taken substantial action to make defense institutional reforms critical to sustaining capabilities developed using security assistance.’ … [DOD] is … to present annual reports to … Congress on Russia’s hybrid warfare, military and security developments, cyberwar activities and coercive economic tools. … [and t]he U.S. military will … be prohibited from using Kaspersky anti-virus software due to intelligence reports that the company has links with the Russian secret services.”

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