For fast arms deliveries
Biden signs WWII legislation
05/09/2022 11:04 p.m.
As in 1941, the USA wants to massively support the countries of Europe with weapons so that they can defend themselves against an aggressor. In 2022, however, it will be called Russia. US President Biden signs new version of Lend-Lease law on historic date.
US President Joe Biden has signed legislation making it easier to deliver arms to Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. The law is based on a World War II program in the fight against Nazi Germany. The United States would support Ukraine’s fight to “defend their country and their democracy against Putin’s brutal war,” Biden said. “The cost of fighting is not negligible. But giving in to aggression costs even more.”
The bill passed the US Congress with a large bipartisan majority. The American president will thus be authorized until 2023 to lend or rent military equipment to Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe affected by the Russian war of aggression. Certain formal requirements of the procedure must be suspended. The U.S. Congress had passed a similar Lend-Lease Act in 1941 during World War II: it allowed America to deliver armaments quickly and en masse to the Allies fighting the National Socialists.
The United States is now arming Ukraine on a large scale to support the country against Russia. Military support of around four billion dollars (about 3.8 billion euros) has already been promised to Ukraine. Biden signed the new law just as Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected a military parade marking Victory Day over Nazi Germany in Moscow. Putin again drew parallels between the fight against Nazi Germany and the ongoing military operation in Ukraine. The Kremlin chief also said Russia must defend itself against an “unacceptable threat” posed by its Western-backed neighbour.
United States: the Russian story “completely absurd”
The US government has firmly rejected this narrative. Describing the invasion of Ukraine “as a defensive action is complete nonsense,” said US State Department spokesman Ned Price. “It is an insult to those who lost their lives and to those who were victims of this senseless oppression.” The federal government had also rejected Putin’s statements.
The war in Ukraine will also be the subject of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Schleswig-Holstein from Thursday to Saturday and an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin on Saturday and Sunday. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who fell ill with Corona last week, will be represented at the G7 meeting by Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, ministry spokesperson Price said. However, Blinken hopes to be able to attend the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin if he has recovered by then.