Blinken discussed with Kuleba the allocation of $ 33 billion in financial assistance to Ukraine
US President Joe Biden has previously asked Congress to allocate an additional $33 billion to support Ukraine. $20 billion of the amount will be directed to armaments, the rest of the funds will go to humanitarian and economic support .jpg” alt=”Blinken discussed $33 billion in financial assistance to Ukraine with Kuleba” />
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba discussed by telephone the Washington administration's request to Congress for additional $33 billion in aid to Kyiv, as well as the timing of the return of US diplomats to Ukraine, according to the State Department website.
« The Secretary of State and the Foreign Secretary discussed the administration's April 28 request to Congress for $33 billion in security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to enable Ukraine to win the Kremlin's shameless war. said in the message.
In addition, Blinken announced plans for the return of US diplomats to Ukraine, including the first visits to Lviv this week.
Requesting Congress to allocate an additional $33 billion to support Ukraine On April 28, US President Joe Biden addressed. “We need this bill to support Ukraine in its struggle for freedom. The cost of this struggle is not cheap, but giving in to aggression will be even more expensive, — said the head of state.
Of the total amount, $20 billion should be directed to weapons and equipment for military personnel, as well as the purchase and supply of other military equipment, $8.5 billion— for direct economic support, $3 billion— for humanitarian aid and food security, the White House said. In addition, Biden asked the US Congress for permission to use the frozen property of Russian oligarchs to finance aid to Ukraine.
According to Reuters, since February 24, the total amount of US assistance to Ukraine amounted to $3 billion. The amount of funds frozen under personal sanctions amounted to $30 billion over the same time.
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The United States has significantly expanded aid to Ukraine in recent months. So, on April 24, the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, and Anthony Blinken visited Kyiv, where, at a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, they promised to allocate more than $322 million for the defense of Ukraine. Earlier, on April 21, Biden announced the allocation of another $800 million military assistance package to Ukraine, which will include tactical drones, howitzers and artillery shells for them.
Zelensky on April 23 announced that Kyiv began to receive from partners the weapon “asked for”. He did not specify what kind of weapons and states in question. However, earlier the Ukrainian president spoke about the need to supply heavy weapons.
The Kremlin considers the supply of weapons to Ukraine as a destabilizing factor that will not contribute to stability and order in this country. Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov pointed out that a significant part of the weapons could fall into the hands of “bandits, Nazis, terrorists and criminals.” On April 25, Moscow also sent a note to Washington demanding to stop supplying weapons to Kyiv.
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