Biden Administration Targets Key Areas in Next Aid Package to Ukraine

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.05 - 2024 9:30 AM CET

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Biden Administration Targets Key Areas in Next Aid Package to Ukraine.

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Biden administration has announced a focus on bolstering Ukraine's air defense systems in its future military aid packages.

This strategic shift comes in response to the ongoing conflict with Russia and aims to provide Kyiv with crucial support to counter Russian military aggression.

According to Ukrainian Pravda, John Kirby, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the White House, emphasized the importance of air defense assets in a recent briefing. Kirby stated,

"Air defense would be top of the list," underscoring the administration's commitment to prioritizing these assets in future aid to Ukraine. He further explained that providing Ukraine with vital air defense systems and other military equipment is the most effective response to Russia's aggression against the Ukrainian people​​.

We Need Congress To Approve

The move to prioritize air defense systems aligns with the U.S. government's approach to addressing the critical needs of Ukraine in its defense efforts. Kirby highlighted the urgency of the situation, stressing,

"To do that, we need Congress to approve our supplemental funding request for Ukraine without delay." This call for expedited funding underscores the significance of timely support in the face of escalating tensions and conflict in the region.

Previously, the White House had announced the exhaustion of funds for further military aid to Ukraine, pending the adoption of a new aid package by the U.S. Congress. This declaration highlighted the constraints faced by the administration in providing continuous support to Ukraine. In response to a large-scale Russian attack on Ukraine in late December, U.S. President Joe Biden emphasized the necessity for Congress to approve additional aid promptly. Furthermore, in October 2023, Biden requested Congress to approve over US$60 billion in supplementary funding for Ukraine, a request that faced delays in the Senate due to disagreements between Republicans and Democrats over U.S.-Mexican border security​​.

The announcement of a US$250 million military package for Ukraine in December 2023 marked the last aid package for that year.

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