22 Apr 2024 21:51

Biden tells Zelensky U.S. to quickly provide new aid following Senate's approval

WASHINGTON. April 22 (Interfax) - The United States will promptly provide the new assistance packages to Ukraine as soon as the Senate passes the relevant bill, U.S. President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in a phone call.

"President Biden shared that his administration will quickly provide significant new security assistance packages to meet Ukraine's urgent battlefield and air defense needs as soon as the Senate passes the national security supplemental and he signs it into law," the White House said in a statement.

The U.S.' financial assistance "will help maintain financial stability, build back critical infrastructure, and support reform as Ukraine moves forward on the path of Euro-Atlantic integration," Biden said.

Biden also spoke with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to discuss support for Kiev. Von der Leyen, for her part, congratulated Biden on the House of Representatives' recent passage of the bill allocating additional aid for Ukraine.

The U.S. Senate is expected on Tuesday to debate a legislative package providing additional financing to Ukraine, Israel and Washington's allies in the Indo-Pacific, on possible new sanctions against Russia, China and Iran, and the potential transfer of seized Russian assets to Ukraine.