US support for Ukraine to continue in 2024, Blinken says
Antony Blinken (Photo:REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy)
The U.S. federal budget for 2024 provides for enduring assistance to Ukraine in security, energy, and humanitarian fields, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 23.
"The budget will sustain our security, economic, energy, and humanitarian support for Ukraine to ensure that (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin’s war remains a strategic failure," Blinken said.
He also noted the new budget will “help us push back on advancing authoritarianism and democratic backsliding by strengthening democracies around the world, including through supporting independent media, countering corruption, defending free and fair elections.”
“And it will allow us to pay our contributions to international organizations, because the United States needs to be at the table wherever and whenever new international rules that affect the livelihoods of our people are debated and decided,” the official added.
On Dec. 29, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the 2023 budget bill into law. It includes almost $45 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine and about $38 billion for regions recovering from disasters.
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