“No exit at the moment”
“Speaking at a fundraising event in the suburbs of Washington, Biden said that Putin mistakenly believed that an invasion of Ukraine would destroy NATO and the European Union. Instead, the USA and many European countries sided with Ukraine. informs Reuters.
According to the American president, “Russia’s offensive on Kiev was repelled in March by strong Ukrainian resistance.”
Biden also said that “Putin is a very calculated person” and that the problem he is currently worried about is that the Russian leader “is not currently a way out”.
“I’m trying to figure out what we should do about this,” the US President concluded.
military aid to Ukraine
Biden also urged the US Congress to immediately approve additional appropriations for aid to Ukraine and submit the relevant bill to him for signature within the next few days.
“I urge Congress to immediately pass the additional Ukrainian financing law and bring it to my desk in the next few days,” Biden told parliamentarians.
Last week, it asked for $33 billion to continue military, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Of this package, 20.4 billion is provided for “additional assistance in the field of military and security” to Ukraine, 8.5 billion – for economic assistance to Kiev. Biden also confirmed that Congress supports his request and is ready to support it “substantially in its original form.”
The President of the United States noted that he had de facto exhausted the funds for aid to Ukraine previously provided to him by members of Congress.
The amount allocated to support Ukraine could rise to $40 billion – according to The Wall Street Journal, the US Congress plans to vote on expanding aid.
It was also known that the day before, Biden signed the Lending-Lease law, which facilitated the provision of military aid to Ukraine.
This document was approved by both houses of the American Parliament, its statement was published on the website of the US Congress. The law temporarily removes “certain requirements regarding the president’s powers to lend-lease defense equipment in the case of the Ukrainian government or other Eastern European countries occupied by the Russians.” The bill was introduced by Texas Senator John Cornyn in January of this year.
The United States had already applied the lending method during the Second World War, when it supplied weapons and strategic supplies to the allies in the anti-Hitler coalition, including the Soviet Union.
According to White House spokesperson Jen Psaki, Biden also wants to visit Ukraine, but such a visit is not yet on his schedule.
“The trip is not currently planned, but he really wants to go to Ukraine,” Psaki said at a briefing.
At the weekend, it became known that the US First Lady Jill Biden visited Uzhgorod, where she met with the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Result will be received”
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Artem Zhoga, the father of Vladimir Zhoga, the commander of the Spartan battalion who lost his life in Donbass, the previous day. The Russian leader presented Artem Zhoga with the star of the Hero of Russia, which was awarded to his son posthumously.
“If we had at least a chance to solve this problem in other, peaceful ways, we would of course take that chance. But they didn’t give us that chance, they just didn’t. “There was no other option,” Putin said at the meeting.
According to the President of Russia, “all the planned plans are being implemented, the result will be achieved.”
“There’s no doubt about that,” he stressed.