U.S. President Joe Biden indicators into legislation S. 3522, the “Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022” on the White House in Washington, May 9, 2022.
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed a invoice Monday that may streamline the prolonged strategy of supplying Ukraine with the army gear wanted for the battle in opposition to Russia.
“I’m signing a bill that provides another important tool that directly supports the government of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people and their fight to defend their country and their democracy against Putin’s brutal war,” Biden mentioned from the Oval Office.
“The cost of the fight is not cheap, but caving to aggression is even more costly,” Biden added.
Biden’s signature on the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 will make it simpler for the U.S. to lend or lease army assist to allies affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden already has some energy to lend or lease gear, however the laws he’ll signal into legislation will ease a number of the necessities for doing so.
Under the measure, Ukraine can request streamlined transfers of U.S. weapons and different safety help. The U.S. will get ensures that the nation will change or reimburse the property at a later date.
Monday’s laws evokes the “Lend-Lease Act,” by means of which the U.S. supported allies, together with the Soviet Union, throughout World War II.
On Friday, the Biden administration introduced a brand new weapons package deal for Ukraine value $150 million.
The newest army assist package deal, the ninth safety help installment, brings the U.S. army assist dedication to $3.8 billion since Moscow invaded its neighbor in late February.
The $150 million pledged on Friday comes from the remaining $250 million in presidential drawdown authority, which permits the president to switch extra weapons from U.S. arsenals with out congressional approval.
Last month, Biden requested $33 billion from Congress after he exhausted his remaining drawdown authority. He reiterated his request on Friday.
He mentioned that for Ukraine to succeed in opposition to Russia, the U.S. and its allies should proceed to maneuver weapons and ammunition into the nation.