Biden: Russian feedback about chance of a nuclear battle had been “irresponsible”

US President Joe Biden introduced Thursday he has signed a $33 billion request for supplemental funding for Ukraine from Congress as Russia’s invasion takes on a brand new, vital section. 

The funding request is predicted to help Ukraine by means of this fiscal yr, or about 5 months, and consists of $20.four billion in navy help.

Biden framed the huge request as vital for world stability.

He known as on Congress to approve the funding “as rapidly as attainable.”

He reiterated that he wouldn’t ship US troops to Ukraine and mentioned that the US is “not attacking Russia,” however is as an alternative, “serving to Ukraine defend itself towards Russian aggression,” casting blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

“Russia is the aggressor, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Russia is the aggressor, and the world should and can maintain Russia accountable,” he mentioned.

Biden ticked by means of among the provisions within the $33 billion request, together with:

  • $20.four billion requested for navy and safety help
  • $8.5 billion in financial help for the Ukrainian authorities and folks
  • $three billion will likely be allotted for added humanitarian help and meals safety funding, and focused funding to deal with financial disruptions

He additionally detailed new proposed laws to carry Russian oligarchs to account.

Whereas members have agreed that more cash for Ukraine is critical, it’s nonetheless not clear how the supplemental would transfer swiftly by means of Congress neither is it clear how rapidly this proposal on oligarchs may transfer. A probable path could be to tie the 2 items of laws collectively, however Republican and Democratic leaders are within the early levels of talks on the way to go the broader funding for Ukraine. 

The President additionally reacted to information earlier this week that Russia halted gasoline provides to Poland and Bulgaria after each international locations refused to pay in rubles, injecting extra uncertainty into the already-unstable world oil markets rocked by the battle.

“Let me be clear, we won’t let Russia intimidate or blackmail their approach out of those sanctions. We won’t permit them to make use of their oil and gasoline to keep away from penalties. We’re working with different nations like Korea, Japan, Qatar and others to help our effort to assist European allies threatened by Russia with gasoline blackmail, and their power wants in different methods,” he mentioned.

Learn extra concerning the proposal right here.

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