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Biden's Urgent Plea: Unlock Aid for Ukraine or Gift Victory to Putin

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Rizwan Shah
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Biden's Urgent Plea: Unlock Aid for Ukraine or Gift Victory to Putin

In a charged appeal to the American Congress, President Joe Biden stressed the dire necessity of swiftly unlocking a fresh aid package for Ukraine, cautioning lawmakers against the potentially catastrophic consequences of delay. The President warned that such a delay could translate into the 'best gift' for Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose ambitions, Biden suggested, might not halt at Ukraine and could instigate a direct clash with a member state of NATO, thus necessitating US military intervention.

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Biden's Global Appeal

Biden's remarks came in the wake of a teleconference with the G7 leaders, including the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenski. The President underscored the criticality of standing in solidarity with Ukraine, emphasizing that Putin's further aggression, if not curtailed, could risk the security of NATO allies. He urged the global community to unite in thwarting Putin's potential triumph.

Political Wrangling Over Aid

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The President's call for urgency was met with resistance from conservative lawmakers, who have linked the aid for Ukraine to a tightening of immigration policies at the Mexican border. Expressing his frustration with what he termed 'petty, partisan, angry politics,' Biden, nonetheless, indicated his readiness to make 'significant compromises' to secure bipartisan backing in Congress. This support is of paramount importance for the extension of military aid to Ukraine, a nation that has relied heavily on Washington since Russia's invasion in February 2022.

The Stakes for Ukraine and the World

The failure of the Senate to advance Biden's proposed $106 billion aid bill raises grave concerns about the approval of new funding for Ukraine. The implications of this stalemate could jeopardize the United States' capacity to sustain its support for Ukraine. As the clock ticks, the urgency of passing the aid package escalates, with the potential repercussions of failure sending ripples of alarm across the global stage.

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