Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba started a dialogue with the U.S. Congress and the President’s Administration on the need to increase the total aid provided by the United States to Ukraine up to $1 billion a year.

Kuleba said many forces in the U.S. Congress already supported such an initiative, and Ukraine would continue to make active efforts to achieve it. According to the minister, a significant part of this sum should be channeled into the security sector.

“The club of countries that receive a billion dollars or more from the United States a year is the ‘club of the chosen.’ It is better than any general status as it is a real practical help and we make efforts to attract it,” he said.

The minister added that the issues of strengthening Ukraine’s missile and air defence are among the top priorities in the Ukraine–US dialogue.

“We cooperate with the United States and other countries to strengthen Ukraine’s defence capabilities to make Ukraine strong,” he stressed.

Natalia Tolub

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