President Biden on Saturday signed a $ 40 billion lawsuit to support Ukraine with US help as the Russian invasion approaches its fourth month.
Legislation that was adopted by Congress with the support of two parties, deepens US commitment to Ukraine in times of uncertainty about the future of the war. Ukraine has successfully defended Kyiv, and Russia has reoriented the offensive to the east, but US officials warn of the possibility of a protracted conflict.
Funding is intended to support Ukraine until September, and it is a dwarf formerly an emergency measure which yielded $ 13.6 billion.
The new legislation provides $ 20 billion in military aid, ensuring a steady flow of advanced weapons used to blunt Russia’s progress. There are also $ 8 billion in general economic support, $ 5 billion in addressing the global food shortage that could result from the collapse of Ukrainian agriculture, and more than $ 1 billion in refugee assistance.
Biden signed the measure under unusual circumstances. Due to the fact that he is in the midst of a trip to Asia, a US official brought a copy of the bill on a commercial flight to Seoul for the president to sign, a White House official said.
The logistics reflect a sense of urgency due to further US support for Ukraine, but also the international challenges facing Biden. Even as he tries to refocus American foreign policy on confronting China, he continues to direct resources to the largest conflict in Europe since World War II.
Biden also signed an unrelated measure, which was planned to be increased access to baby formula at a time when supplies remain in short supply in the United States. The legislation will allow the use of government benefits under a special supplementary nutrition program for women, infants and children, better known as WIC, to purchase more types of infant formula.