News agency TASS quotes the general:
In general terms, <...> we have established relations between the National Guard and Ukraine, the California National Guard is ... a partner of Ukraine. And we are trying to build partnerships, we continue to make friends and allies in the region, throughout Europe. We will continue to do this
At the same time, he found it difficult to clarify exactly how the intention of the Trump administration to significantly reduce a range of budget expenditures could affect the interaction of the US National Guard with the Armed Forces. These intentions, as confirmed at the end of May by the Director of the Administrative and Budgetary Directorate of the White House, Mick Malvaney, extend to Ukraine as well. The plans drawn up by the current executive branch of the United States envisaged the termination of the provision of gratuitous military assistance to dozens of states, including Ukraine, and the transformation of such grants into loans to be repaid.
As for the grants directly, I am not sure how this will be. I know that the Oklahoma National Guard is still there, in Ukraine. Before her, there was the California National Guard. I think we will continue to train Ukrainians and assist them in the future.- declared Längel.
He assured that we are not talking about the curtailment of US military assistance to Kiev in the near future. “I don’t know about this,” the head of the US National Guard bureau said. National Guard units in the United States are subordinate to the state governors.