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Russian lawmaker hopes Obama will veto bill on military aid to Ukraine

June 19, 2015, 12:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The bill on allocating $300 million in military assistance to Ukraine was endorsed by the US Senate on Thursday

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MOSCOW, June 19. /TASS/. Deputy Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Defense Committee Franz Klintsevich has said he hopes US President Barack Obama will veto the bill on allocating $300 million in military assistance to Ukraine endorsed by the US Senate on Thursday.

"The decision of the US Senate shows that the forces interested in the deterioration of relations with Russia are gaining momentum in the United States," Klintsevich told reporters on Friday. He warned that "at some point their influence may reach a certain critical mass, and then any ill-considered decisions will become more than likely."

"On the other hand, the US President is likely to veto this bill," the Russian lawmaker said. "It’s not that he adopts a pro-Russian stance. He just sees the situation in a more realistic light," Klinsevich said.

According to the parliamentarian, "we cannot rule out that Barack Obama will take this step closer to the US presidential elections in the interests of a candidate from his party." "We must be prepared for any eventuality," Klintsevich added.

The US Senate passed on Thursday a draft defense budget for fiscal year 2016, which envisages the allocation of $300 million for the Ukrainian Army. The document authorizes the Pentagon and the US Department of State to supply military equipment and weapons to Kiev, including small arms and grenade launchers.

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