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    A working meeting took place in the headquarters of the Ukrainian National Guard in Kiev. Representatives of the US delegation expressed hope for conducting joint exercises in the near future.

    Commanding officers of Ukraine’s National Guard held a meeting in Kiev with their colleagues from the California National Guard, the press office of the Ukrainian entity reported.

    "A working meeting took place at the headquarters of the Ukrainian National Guard. A range of specific issues on cooperation were on the agenda. Representatives of the US delegation expressed hope for conducting joint exercises in the near future," the report read.

    Nikolai Balan, Commander of the Ukrainian National Guard, discussed with his American counterpart Major General David Baldwin various aspects of US-Ukrainian joint drills and cooperation priorities.

    Major General Baldwin expressed respect for Ukrainian forces fighting in Donbass. He also shared some tactics tips on dealing with mass riots.

    On Thursday, the US Senate passed by a veto-proof majority the $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund the US Armed Forces through 2016. The NDAA approves some $200 million in lethal military assistance to Ukraine.


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