Even though the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has already been signed into law, discussions are continuing about increasing the level of military aid to Ukraine.
A letter sent yesterday, November 18 2015, urges four leaders of Congress to increase aid to Ukraine to $1.2 billion. The letter was sent from former Ambassadors, military leaders, and officials in Democratic and Republican Administrations urging Congress to enhance and expand U.S. economic, military and humantarian assistance to Ukraine.
The timing of the letter seems late to me because it comes after Congress spent months hammering out the details of aid to Ukraine as part of the 2016 NDAA. However, it shows the issue is not done yet, at least in the minds of some people. The original version of the 2016 NDAA approved by the House included $200 million in military aid for Ukraine. The Senate later increased it to $300 million, which is where it remained in the final bill. So it seems unlikely to me that Congress would take this issue up again so soon, but perhaps there are other ways to get it done.
The letter was posted on the U.S. Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) website and addressed to the following four leaders of Congress, all of whom oversee appropriations:
- Senator Thad Cochran, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations.
- Senator Barbara Mikulski, Ranking Member Committee on Appropriations
- Representative Hal Rogers, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations
- Representative Nita Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations
In addition to $3 billion in loan guarantees, the letter urges Congress to increase aid to Ukraine to $1.2 billion, which includes $1 billion in military equipment and training support plus $200 million in additional immediate humanitarian aid.
This proposal caught my attention because it is the same dollar amount I was shown in a dream on March 1 2015. I was shown a sign to watch for that would precede a sudden economic collapse, which was a proposal for $200 million in military aid would be given to President Obama for approval and he would then increase the amount to $1.2 billion. I did not see any involvement from Congress or anything to do with the NDAA. I saw it coming from within the Obama administration, so that is what I am expecting to happen. I shared the details of that dream in my previous post, The Event Before the Event.
Even though this letter was addressed to leaders of Congress, perhaps it will find support within the Obama administration. The entire letter is shown below.
Dear Chairman Cochran, Ranking Member Mikulski, Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey:
We write today as individuals with deep expertise on Ukraine, many of us former Ambassadors or officials in Democratic and Republican Administrations, to urge an expansion of U.S. assistance to Ukraine as part of the final negotiations on fiscal year 2016 appropriations.
On the Maidan in Kyiv, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians stood up for their country’s European future in the face of bitter winter weather and heavily armed police who killed more than 100 protesters. In the year and a half since, Ukraine has made important progress on several fronts, including holding free and fair national and local elections, instituting political, economic and governance reforms, and negotiating a landmark debt renegotiation. But as Ukrainians have worked to create a new, Western-looking government, they have been confronted with a multi-front war from Russia that continues to threaten Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence.
The support that America has provided to Ukraine since 2014 has been vital in providing a foundation for the people of Ukraine to build the vibrant democracy that they demand and deserve. But Ukraine’s stability and its sovereign role in a united Europe remain under siege. Accordingly, we believe a redoubling of assistance from America and our European allies is vital at this time. We urge Congress in the final FY 2016 funding negotiations to increase U.S. assistance and support by providing:
- $3 billion in macro-economic assistance: tools include loan guarantees, direct budget support grants, or debt swaps as well as assistance to support reforms in key sectors, such as banking, judiciary, and energy, and to encourage investment in Ukraine.
- $1 billion in military equipment and training support, including defensive lethal assistance as authorized by the Ukraine Freedom Support Act.
- A minimum of $200 million in additional immediate humanitarian aid to meet the funding gap identified by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as Ukraine grapples with 1.5 million internally displaced persons.
- Increased resources to assist Ukraine in countering Russia’s massive disinformation campaign.
The potential for a prosperous and democratic Ukraine is limitless. With strong U.S. support, an independent and free Ukraine can thrive as a democracy in the heart of Europe.
Moscow’s ambitions go beyond imposing its will on Ukraine. It is in our national interest to stop Kremlin aggression in Ukraine and to demonstrate the falsity of the Russian narrative equating democracy and reform with chaos. We urge action on an expanded assistance package to help Ukraine achieve this bright future.
Thank you for your consideration of our views.
William Danvers, former Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD and former Deputy Staff Director, U.S. Department of State
Amb. Paula Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
Senator Chris Dodd, former Member of the U.S. Senate (D-CT), former Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission
Amb. Eric Edelman, former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Finland
Michele Flournoy, former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Amb. Mark Green, former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-WI)
Amb. William Green Miller, former U.S. Ambassador Ukraine (1993-1998)
Amb. John Herbst, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2003-2006)
Barry Jackson, former Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House
David Kramer, former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Amb. Michael McFaul, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation
Gen. David H. Petraeus, KKR Global Institute Chairman and former, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, former Commander U.S. Central Command
Amb. Roman Popadiuk, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (1992-1993)
Stephen Rickard, Executive Director of the Open Society Policy Institute
Adml. James Stavridis (USN, Ret.), former Commander U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Amb. Melanne Verveer, former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues
Amb. Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
Gen. Charles F. Wald (USAF, Ret.), former Deputy Commander of the U.S. European Command
Kenneth R. Weinstein, President & CEO, Hudson Institute
The Honorable Lindsey Graham, Chairman, Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee
The Honorable Patrick Leahy, Ranking Member, Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee
The Honorable Kay Granger, Chairwoman, House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee
I am also watching another upcoming proposal, which is coming from the Pentagon recommending increases in the number of U.S. troops deployed in eastern European nations. It will be sent to President Obama after it is finalized by the Pentagon. A decision is expected before the end of the year, although no dollar amount has been announced yet. I shared the details about that proposal in my previous post, More U.S. Troops Could Soon Be Deployed to Eastern Europe.
So there are two possibilities for this event to happen in the near future. In the meantime, the watch goes on. Thanks to all the Z3ers who have helped report these events!
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.
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