WH reveals when Biden will sign lend-lease for Ukraine — Analysis
This legislation makes it possible for the US and other countries to ship unlimited amounts of military equipment to Ukraine.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary has confirmed that Joe Biden will sign Monday’s Lend-Lease Act of 2022. It will be easier for Washington and Ukraine to ship additional types of weaponry.
Biden will sign the legislation on Victory Day – when the defeat of Nazi Germany is celebrated annually in Russia, on May 9.
“The president will sign the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022,”Psaki spoke on Friday aboard Air Force One, en route from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Biden will be meeting with manufacturing leaders in Greater Cincinnati on Friday afternoon.
The “Lend-Lease Act,” which was previously used to help the allies during WWII, was revived and backed by the US Congress last week and will allow the US to export unlimited weapons to Kiev.
While the bill was approved by Congress last week, it was put together back in January – more than a month before Moscow recognized the Donbass republics as independent and sent troops into Ukraine.
Moscow denounces the US, NATO and allies who have delivered arms to Ukraine. Moscow insists that any inflow of weapons would only increase the conflict. Also, the Kremlin stated that Western weapons can be considered legitimate targets once they reach Ukrainian territory.
Washington has committed almost $15 billion of military aid to Kiev since Russia began its military operation in February. Biden has asked Congress to adopt his Ukraine aid package of $33 billion. This would allow $20 billion in military assistance for Kiev.
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Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’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. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, gave the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.
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