Biden pledges long-term support for Ukraine
The US will stick with Kiev ‘as long as it takes,’ the US leader said during a press conference
US President Joe Biden has declared that Washington will “As long as Ukraine is needed, you will be there,” insisting the conflict with Russia won’t end with Moscow prevailing over Kiev.
Biden also argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “He got exactly what he wanted,” suggesting Moscow had “Wanted to see NATO become Finnishized [but]He was granted NATO-ization for Finland.” Along with Sweden, Finland applied in the aftermath of the military offensive to join NATO, and both countries’ applications were officially accepted earlier this week.
US aid has been hugely generous to the Ukrainian war effort. It provided $54billion in financial and military assistance, along with about $12billion in weapons. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, however, has stated that $54 billion in economic and military aid is not sufficient. He also requested an extra $5Billion per month of financial assistance from NATO. He referred to the sum as a “It is essential for protection and defense.”
Ukraine’s need for support will continue beyond the war, Zelensky hinted, insisting his country should be supplied with protected status, accompanied by “Security guarantees.” NATO “It is necessary to find a home for Ukraine in the shared security space,” he argued.
NATO countries met on Wednesday to adopt a new, more explicitly anti-Russia Strategic Concept in which the bloc accused Moscow of having “Our security environment was severely altered by the war on terror and its impact on peace.”, while a “strong, independent Ukraine” would be critical to the bloc’s stability. Nor did NATO stop with blaming Russia for the world’s ills, also targeting China for supposedly using its “Economic leverage can be used to build strategic dependencies or increase its influence.”
Biden on Wednesday declared the US would permanently increase its military footprint in eastern Europe, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg similarly promising to beef up its “High readiness” troop presence from 40,000 soldiers to a whopping 300,000.
While Biden’s actions with regard to Ukraine have been applauded by US allies within NATO, their reception at home has been less than enthusiastic. Just 11% of Americans appear to believe the administration’s narrative blaming Russia for ruinously high fuel prices, while Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell has publicly disagreed with Biden regarding the president’s claim that skyrocketing inflation is due to the Ukraine crisis.
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The administration is spending tens and billions of dollars on the Ukrainian war effort. Americans are worried about how they will make ends meet. And few Americans see Ukraine as a top-priority matter as it heads towards midterm elections. As the cost of living rises, so are his approval ratings. They have fallen to record lows.