U.S. President Joe Biden addressed Ukraine on April 21, 2022, during a speech at the Roosevelt Room in the White House in Washington, U.S.A., in providing up-to-date information on U.S. efforts related to the Russian invasion. Announced an additional $ 800 million security support package.
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Washington-President Joe Biden will demand $ 33 billion from Congress to fund both humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine until September of this year, government officials said Thursday.
The large aid package has several years to make it easier for the United States to seize the assets of a licensed Russian emerging conglomerate, sell the seized property, and pour profits into Ukrainians. Accompanied by a proposal to Congress to amend the criminal law.
$ 33 billion includes a $ 20.4 billion request for additional security and military assistance to Ukraine and additional funding to fund US efforts to work with NATO allies to strengthen Europe’s security. It has been.
The government aims to equip Kieu and its European partners with additional cannons, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft and anti-aircraft capabilities, accelerate cyber capabilities and advanced air defense systems, and help remove mines and improvised explosive devices. Said that.
Biden warned lawmakers in a letter accompanying his request to Congress that the cost of not checking Russian President Vladimir Putin would be much higher than the current policy proposal.
“We expect NATO allies and EU partners to make even greater joint contributions than the United States, but to continue to support Ukraine in the fight against the Russian aggression, a significant additional investment on our part. There is no doubt that it will be necessary, “said the president. I have written.
“This is what I want to make clear to Congress and the American people. The cost of not confronting a violent attack in Europe is always higher than the cost of confronting such an attack.” Biden added.
Another portion of the $ 33 billion is a total of $ 8.5 billion to support the Ukrainian economy.
The sum will help fund the Ukrainian government, support food, energy and medical services for the Ukrainian people and counter the disinformation and publicity stories of Russia. The $ 8.5 billion is also aimed at supporting small and medium-sized agricultural businesses and the purchase of natural gas during the fall harvest season.
Thanks to the dramatic rise in food prices due to the Russian invasion, $ 3 billion will help provide people in need of humanitarian aid around the world in the form of wheat and other commodities.
As the war enters its third month and U.S. military leaders have stated that there are currently two strategic goals in Ukraine, there is a two-part request to Congress. The first is to arm the Ukrainian army and ensure a complete victory in the war by completely expelling Russia from Ukraine. The second is to undermine Russia’s entire power structure in the long run by detaining Russian troops in the war of attrition, while ruining the economy with sanctions and embargoes.
An additional budget request to Congress is expected to gain widespread support among Republicans and Democrats, despite boosting US total spending in Ukraine to $ 36 billion in just nine months.
The other part of the package is a series of proposals that Biden sends to Congress, modifying current legislation to include emerging Russian conglomerates, businesses, and government officials since the beginning of the war.
Under federal law, in order to sell seized assets, prosecutors must first show that they are criminal proceeds. It is not a crime to be a licensed Russian oligarch now.
Legal scholars say that if there is no crime, oligarchs can sue for the return of their property and are likely to win in court. Under Biden’s proposal, Parliament will create a new federal crime of deliberately owning income directly from corrupt transactions with the Kremlin.
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