US - Ukraine relations: Washington holding up $30 million in weapons sales
16:15, Friday, 07 February, 2020
Ukraine says the Trump administration is holding up $30 million in commercial munitions purchases and has given no reason for the delay, BuzzFeed reported Thursday.
The revelation comes just one day after the Senate acquitted Trump of abuse of power for withholding $391 million in military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Trump’s political rivals.
Two Ukrainian officials told BuzzFeed they suspect the delay is connected to a Chinese attempt to buy a Ukrainian aerospace company Motor Sich. The U.S. has tried to block the deal and has been working to find other suitors.
BuzzFeed said six commercial purchases totaling $30 million have been languishing for so long, Ukraine has asked for its money to be refunded. Five of the sales have been delayed for a year, the sixth for even longer.