U.S. Enacts Supplemental Bill Providing $95B in Aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan

If Putin succeeds in Ukraine, Russians could launch a direct attack on a NATO ally: Biden
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  • 09:27 AM, April 25, 2024
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U.S. Enacts Supplemental Bill Providing $95B in Aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan
Israeli troops in Gaza

American President Joe Biden has signed into law a critical supplemental bill totaling approximately $95 billion, aimed at bolstering security assistance for key U.S. partners including Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

In a briefing following the signing ceremony, President Biden said, "This is directly in the United States' national security interest… If Putin triumphs in Ukraine, the next move of Russian forces could very well be a direct attack on a NATO ally.”

The comprehensive aid package includes substantial allocations to support Ukraine, with over $60 billion designated for this purpose. Immediate assistance will begin flowing, starting with the deployment of essential military equipment drawn from U.S. inventory.

"We're going to begin sending in equipment to Ukraine for air defense munitions, artillery, rocket systems, and armored vehicles within the next few hours," President Biden assured.

Shortly after the president spoke, the Defense Department released details of a $1 billion security assistance package for Ukraine which includes, among other things, RIM-7 and AIM-9M missiles; Stinger anti-aircraft missiles; tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided, or TOW, missiles; ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System; 155 mm and 105 mm artillery shells; and a variety of combat vehicles. 

Furthermore, the bill allocates $14.1 billion to bolster Israel's defense capabilities following recent threats from Iran and its proxies. Earlier this month, on April 13, Iran and its proxy groups launched more than 300 airborne weapons at targets in Israel, but the U.S., Israeli and partner forces destroyed a significant portion of them before they reached their targets.

In addition to aiding Ukraine and Israel, the legislation earmarks $9.5 billion for humanitarian assistance in conflict zones, including Gaza ($1 billion), Sudan, and Ukraine, underscoring America's commitment to alleviating humanitarian crises worldwide.

The bill also addresses strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific region and provides humanitarian aid for Haiti

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