The U.S. administration has secretly approved $200 million in additional defense aid to Ukraine, it became known on Monday, January 10.
“The Biden administration has tacitly approved an additional $200 million in defense aid for Ukraine,” CNN journalist Kylie Attwood wrote on her Twitter page.
According to her, the decision was made in late December 2021.
On 8 January, the US State Department said that US military assistance to Ukraine was defensive in nature, but the United States could increase the supply of weapons if the situation on the border with Russia becomes more complicated. Over the last seven years, U.S. military aid to Ukraine has amounted to $2.5 billion.
A day earlier, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in a telephone conversation discussed ways to counter the threats allegedly coming from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and a comprehensive “deterrence package for Russia”. The secretary of state reiterated Washington’s readiness to further “strengthen the security” of Kyiv with concrete actions.
On 31 December, US President Joe Biden said during a phone conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin that the United States had no plans to deploy offensive weapons in Ukraine.