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Biden Apologizes to Zelensky for Delay in Military Aid

Biden Apologizes to Zelensky for Delay in Military Aid

During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Paris, U.S. President Joe Biden apologized for the delay in sending military aid to Ukraine. The two leaders met on Friday, June 9, on the sidelines of the 88th anniversary of the Allied forces’ landing on the beaches of Normandy, France, during World War II.

According to Reuters, Biden informed Zelensky that a number of “very conservative” members of the U.S. Congress had delayed the approval of military assistance to Ukraine, but the aid was eventually approved. The U.S. President also mentioned that he is signing an additional aid package of $225 million to help rebuild Ukraine’s power grid.

Praising Ukraine’s fight against Russia, Biden stated, “You never gave up, you keep fighting in a way that … is just remarkable.” He emphasized the United States’ continued support for Ukraine, saying, “We’re not going away from you.”Zelensky expressed gratitude for the U.S. assistance to Ukraine and stressed the importance of bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress. He said, “It is very important that in this union, the United States of America, all the people of America stay with Ukraine, just like in World War II when the United States helped save lives and save Europe.

“The $60 billion U.S. military aid to Ukraine was finally approved in April of this year after months of delay. Ukrainian officials had repeatedly criticized the delay in sending assistance, stating that it weakened Ukrainian forces against Russia.