WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukraine has agreed to purchase 150 Javelin anti-tank missiles, in a deal value $39 million, a U.S. congressional aide stated on Tuesday, referring to a purchase order that’s separate from U.S. support on the middle of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
This sale, funded with Ukrainian authorities and never U.S. funds, was finalized in late June or early July, weeks earlier than Trump’s July 25 name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that was flagged in a whistleblower grievance.
Leaders of congressional committees signed off on the Javelin sale throughout the previous week beneath an off-the-cuff overview course of for main worldwide navy gross sales.
The aide stated he anticipated the sale can be made public shortly. A State Division spokesman didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Javelin anti-tank missiles are made by Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp.
The Javelin sale was first reported by Bloomberg.
The acquisition is separate from $391 million in U.S. navy help for Ukraine that has performed main function within the U.S. Home of Representatives impeachment inquiry into Trump’s.
Ukraine is mired in a battle with pro-Russian separatists within the east of the nation.
Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Modifying by Alistair Bell