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Biden signs USD 40 billion aid package for Ukraine
Washington: US President Joe Biden on Saturday signed a USD 40 billion aid package for Ukraine that will provide security, humanitarian and economic assistance for the country amid the ongoing war between Moscow and Kyiv.
The White House in a release today said that Biden signed the measure while abroad in Asia. The Senate voted to pass it on Thursday. With the passage of the recent aid package, the total assistance given by the US this year has reached USD 54 billion, The Hill reported.
The President had asked Congress at the end of April to authorize an additional USD 33 billion for Ukraine as he exhausted the drawdown authority from the last bill passed in March. The figure lawmakers ultimately landed on was higher.
Earlier, Biden authorized another USD 100 million in security assistance to Ukraine on Thursday.
On Friday, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov and discussed Ukraine's military requirements ahead of Monday's US-hosted Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting.
"Yesterday, I spoke with my Ukrainian counterpart @oleksiireznikov. We discussed Ukraine's military requirements ahead of Monday's US-hosted Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting -- a follow up from our meeting in Ramstein -- which will include defense representatives from 40+ countries," he tweeted.
Russia launched its "special military operation" in Ukraine in the last week of February. Since then, several western countries have backed Kyiv in the ongoing war and imposed several sanctions on Russia. (ANI)