Biden Administration Considers 10-Year Aid Package For Ukraine

The Biden administration is working on a potential “bilateral security agreement” with Ukraine that would commit the United States to provide the war-torn nation with military, economic and political support for the next decade. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy revealed on Sunday that he and President Biden are currently engaged in discussions about the deal which would secure long-term U.S. taxpayer funding for Ukraine.

Zelenskyy expressed gratitude to House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and other congressmen for their support in passing the recent $61 billion aid package to Kyiv after months of contentious debate. The Ukrainian leader asserted that the proposed agreement would bolster Ukraine’s defense against Russian aggression and would complement existing agreements with France, Germany and the U.K.

The expansive foreign aid program under discussion includes provisions for “joint production of weapons” though specifics were not provided.

Zelenskyy noted that he and Jeffries agreed on the need for the U.S. to supply Ukraine with Patriot missile systems. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced on Friday that Washington would send additional Patriot systems to Kyiv as part of a $6 billion foreign aid expenditure.

The proposal is likely to face opposition from congressional Republicans and U.S. taxpayers who are growing weary of supporting prolonged global conflicts. Critics argue that the United States should prioritize addressing domestic challenges such as the ongoing border crisis, inflation and the mounting national debt before committing to long-term foreign aid agreements.

Despite the influx of billions in funding and weapons, reports suggest that the war is turning in Russia’s favor with declining morale among Ukrainian forces as Moscow achieves successive victories. The Biden administration and Democrats have shown little concern for burdening future generations with the costs of today’s wars, making the deal’s approval probable.