Biden Signs Nearly $40 Billion Ukraine Aid Package During Trip to South Korea

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President Joe Biden on Saturday.

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This article originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal,

SEOUL—President Biden on Saturday signed a nearly $40 billion package of military and economic assistance for Ukraine, sending another installment of aid to the country as it seeks to defend itself from Russian forces.

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Mr. Biden signed the bill following his bilateral meeting and joint news conference with new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol. The Senate approved the legislation Thursday as the president was traveling to Seoul, kicking off his six-day trip to Asia,

The White House said a US government official who was already planning to travel to the region carried the bill aboard a commercial flight to South Korea. The president signed it in Seoul since he is not scheduled to return to Washington until late Tuesday, a move meant to avoid a delay in providing the funding to Ukraine.

During the news conference with Mr. Yoon, Mr. Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine “isn’t just a matter for Europe. It’s an attack on democracy and the core international principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The Senate passed the legislation Thursday with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 86-11, bringing the US commitment to Ukraine to nearly $54 billion. White House officials have said the aid should last Ukraine through September.

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