The US Congress approved the bill on the lend-lease program for Ukraine
Now the law must be signed by US President Joe Biden. The initiative will make it possible to supply Ukraine with weapons under an accelerated procedure; American legislators submitted it to Congress even before the start of the Russian military operation =”The US Congress approved the bill on the lend-lease program for Ukraine” />
The US House of Representatives approved the bill, which will allow Ukraine to supply weapons under the lend-lease program. 417 members of the lower house of the US Congress voted for this decision, against— 10.
In early April, the bill was supported by the upper house of Congress— Senate, now it must be signed by US President Joe Biden.
Lend-Lease— a program under which the United States leased or loaned military hardware and equipment to the Allies during World War II. From March 1941 to August 1945, the United States transferred lend-lease assistance to the allies totaling more than $50 billion, of which about $11 billion went to the USSR.
Senators from the Republican and Democratic parties presented a bill on the supply of weapons to Ukraine under Lend-Lease in early January— before the start of the Russian military operation, but against the backdrop of warnings from the media and Western politicians that Russia is preparing to invade a neighboring country. As one of the authors, Senator John Cornyn, noted, passing the law will allow Kyiv to receive military equipment for the protection of civilians under an accelerated procedure.
The bill also implies that the United States will be able to transfer equipment to Ukraine now, and the recipient country will reimburse it cost later, notes Reuters.
The head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, noted in his Telegram that after the adoption of the law, the American leader will have to establish accelerated delivery procedures within 60 days. “The Lend-Lease Law makes it possible to significantly speed up the supply of weapons, transport, food and assistance to Ukraine from the United States,” he wrote.
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Over the course of two months, Washington provided about $3.4 billion in security assistance to Kyiv over the course of two months, according to the Pentagon. On April 22, the Biden administration announced a new $800 million military aid package for Ukraine that would include tactical drones, them. Two days later, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin and US Secretary of State 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 the country.
The day before, Biden asked Congress to allocate for these purposes another $33 billion: $20 billion should go to armaments and equipment for military personnel, as well as purchases and supplies of other military equipment, $8.5 billion— for direct economic support, $3 billion— for humanitarian aid and food security.
This week, Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said that Moscow had sent a note to Washington demanding that it stop supplying weapons to Kyiv, as this “does not contribute to finding a diplomatic solution to the conflict.”
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