Biden Apologized to Zelensky Over Delayed Delivery of Arms

World » UKRAINE | June 7, 2024, Friday // 17:39
Bulgaria: Biden Apologized to Zelensky Over Delayed Delivery of Arms

US President Joe Biden has personally extended an apology to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for the delayed delivery of arms earlier this year. The passage of over 60 billion USD in military aid faced hurdles in the US Congress, primarily due to opposition from Republicans in the House of Representatives.

During their meeting in Paris, Biden assured Zelensky of continued support and announced a new aid package for Ukraine, valued at 225 million USD. Biden commended Zelensky for his resilience, stating, "You know, you didn't bow down, you didn't give in at all, you keep fighting in a way that's just remarkable," while expressing regret for the weeks of uncertainty surrounding funding delays.

In a separate address to the French parliament, Zelensky characterized Europe as a continent embroiled in conflict, asserting that Russia's aggression along Ukraine's borders persists unabated. He warned of the potential expansion of Russian aggression to neighboring countries, including the Baltic republics, Poland, and the Balkans.

Highlighting Russia's military engagements in Syria and presence in the Sahel region, Zelensky underscored the Kremlin's disregard for established borders. He accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of attempting to destabilize countries by exacerbating food and energy insecurities.

Zelensky expressed gratitude to France for its support and welcomed President Emmanuel Macron's commitment to provide Ukraine with Mirage 2000 fighter jets. He expressed hope for the imminent deployment of French military aircraft in Ukrainian airspace as a symbol of solidarity against Russian aggression.

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