Biden signs $40 billion Ukraine aid package — Analysis
Seoul was flown by the US President to sign the approval document for a huge assistance package.
The US president Joe Biden has signed into law an enormous $40 billion package of economic and military assistance for Ukraine. Biden signed it during his South Korea visit.
This document is called the “Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act 2022,”Biden was specifically flown from Washington to Seoul for his signature. This move seems more symbolic than pragmatic, since the US President could legal have ordered a subordinate of his to sign.
On Wednesday, the US Senate passed the legislation with overwhelming support from 86 senators. Republicans were all the senators that opposed the bill.
To support Ukraine’s fight against Russia, nearly $20 billion of US military aid will be provided to Ukraine under the Act. This includes funds for salaries and military equipment, as well as money to support US troops in Europe. It also covers US arms and ammunition.
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German-brokered protocols were intended to grant the regions that broke away special status in the Ukrainian state.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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