US Secretary of State arrived in Ukraine and announced $2B in US military aid for Europe

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Ukraine on an unannounced visit on September 8, 2022. He will announce the signing of a new aid package worth of $2 billion for Ukraine and 18 other states threatened by the Russian aggression.

Source: The US State Department 

This is the third visit of the US Secretary of State to Ukraine since Russia started the full-scale war more than six months ago. Antony Blinken is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In addition, the US Secretary of State has already visited Ukrainian children affected by the war in Okhmatdyt hospital.

Blinken stated that the Biden administration informed Congress about its intention to provide $2B in long-term Foreign Military Financing for Ukraine and 18 of its neighboring countries, including NATO members, who are “most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression.”

“This assistance demonstrates yet again our unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s future as a democratic, sovereign, and independent state, as well as the security of allies and partners across the region.”

Assuming approval by Congress, approximately $1 billion will go to Ukraine. The rest will be divided between Albania, Bosnia and Bulgaria, Croatia and the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

It should be noted that US security assistance to Ukraine has totalled $15.2 billion since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021.

See also: US President agreed to allocate $675M in military aid to Ukraine

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