Press Conference: US President Biden & Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Press Conference December 12, 2023


Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a written statement (see below), announced a final 2023 drawdown of $250 Million Dollars of weapons & equipment promised to Ukraine by President Biden, in a joint press conference December 12, with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine President.

Additional aid is currently caught up in a partisan debate between Republicans & Democrats.

Statement from Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State:

The United States is announcing the year’s final package of weapons and equipment for Ukraine.  Our assistance has been critical to supporting our Ukrainian partners as they defend their country and their freedom against Russia’s aggression.

This package provides up to $250 million of arms and equipment under previously directed drawdowns for Ukraine.  Capabilities provided in today’s package include air defense munitions, other air defense system components, additional ammunition for high mobility artillery rocket systems, 155mm and 105mm artillery ammunition, anti-armor munitions, and over 15 million rounds of ammunition.

A coalition of more than 50 countries continues to provide critical support for Ukraine’s forces.  It is imperative that Congress act swiftly, as soon as possible, to advance our national security interests by helping Ukraine defend itself and secure its future.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was scheduled to travel to Mexico City, Mexico, today, December 27, 2023

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Mexico City, Mexico December 27, 2023.  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will join Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and White House Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall at a meeting with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico.  Secretary Blinken will discuss unprecedented irregular migration in the Western Hemisphere and identify ways Mexico and the United States will address border security challenges, including actions to enable the reopening of key ports of entry across our shared border.  Secretary Blinken will reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the Los Angeles Declaration for Migration and Protection, and underscore the urgent need for lawful pathways and additional enforcement actions by partners throughout the region.

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