The Nation Magazine - U. S. Congress Has Removed a Ban on Funding Ukraine's Neo-Nazis From Its Year End Spending Bill

In the video linked below the Ukrainian Nazis hold a torchlight ceremony paying tribute to Waffen SS Wolfsangel symbol that was carried on banners by Adolph Hitlers most notorious Waffen SS battalions.
US budget tacitly allows aid to Neo-Nazi's in Ukraine - The Nation /RT
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Published on Jan 21, 2016

A report has found that America’s $1.8 trillion dollar budget plan allows for the government to allot foreign military aid to government offshoot groups, including Neo-Nazis and fascists groups, which was blocked until summer last year. Lindsay France is joined by writer for The Nation, James Carden, who tracked the bill from Congress and how the situation evolved.

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Under pressure from the Pentagon, Congress has stripped the spending bill of an amendment that prevents funds from falling into the hands of Ukrainian neo-fascist groups. In mid-December 2015, Congress passed a 2,000-plus-page omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2016. Both parties were quick to declare victory after the passage of the $1.8 trillion package. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters “we feel good about the outcome, primarily because we got a compromise budget agreement that fought off a wide variety of ideological riders.” The office of House Speaker Paul J. Ryan touted the bill’s “64 billion for overseas contingency operations” for, among other things, assisting ”European countries facing Russian aggression.”

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It would be safe to assume that one of the European countries which would stand to benefit from the omnibus measure—designed, in part, to combat “Russian aggression”—would be Ukraine, which has already, according to the White House, received $2 billion in loan guarantees and nearly $760 million in “security, programmatic, and technical assistance” since February 2014.

Yet some have expressed concern that some of this aid has made its way into the hands of neo-Nazi groups, such as the Azov Battalion. Last summer the Daily Beast published an interview by the journalists Will Cathcart and Joseph Epstein in which a member of the Azov battalion spoke about “his battalion’s experience with U.S. trainers and U.S. volunteers quite fondly, even mentioning U.S. volunteers engineers and medics that are still currently assisting them.”

And so, in July of last year, Congressmen John Conyers of Michigan and Ted Yoho of Florida drew up an amendment to the House Defense Appropriations bill (HR 2685) that “limits arms, training, and other assistance to the neo-Nazi Ukrainian militia, the Azov Battalion.” It passed by a unanimous vote in the House. Considering the fact that the US Army has been training Ukrainian armed forces and national guard troops, the Conyers-Yoho amendment made a great deal of sense; blocking the avowedly neo-Nazi Azov battalion from receiving US assistance would further what President Obama often refers to as “our interests and values.”

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