US Negotiating Aid Ukraine Aid Package For Ten Years

The Biden administration is working on details of a “bilateral security agreement” with Ukraine that would commit Washington — and U.S. taxpayers — to a ten-year agreement to prop up Kyiv with military, economic and political support.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy released a statement on Sunday revealing that he and Biden are currently engaged in talks. If terms are reached, the Eastern European country will secure U.S. taxpayer funding for a decade.

Zelenskyy said the effort is to sign an agreement ensuring “concrete levels of support for this year and the next ten years.” He also referenced “joint production of weapons,” though this was not explained.

The Ukrainian leader singled out House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) “and all the congressmen for their support.” The contentious $61 billion in aid to Kyiv was recently passed after months of rancorous debate.

The deal with the U.S., Zelenskyy asserted, would ensure that Ukraine could put up its strongest defense against Russian forces. It would join other agreements already in place with France, Germany and the U.K.

This proposition will undoubtedly draw the ire of many congressional Republicans. Conservative House members vehemently opposed opening the taxpayers’ checkbook yet again for yet another foreign war, but House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) ignored the dissent and pushed it through.

This despite the clear lack of a route to peace in a war that seems ready to stretch on for years.

Regarding Jeffries, Zelenskyy noted that he and the Democrat agreed on the need for the U.S. to supply Ukraine with Patriot missile systems. Biden’s Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, revealed on Friday that Washington would send more Patriot systems to Kyiv.

This will be included in a $6 billion foreign aid expenditure.

Despite tens of billions in funding and armaments pouring into Ukraine, the war appears to be turning in Russia’s favor. Morale is reportedly decreasing as Moscow achieves victory after victory against depleted forces.

And now Zelenskyy wants a decade-long commitment to back up his nation’s security. It will be difficult to sell this proposal to congressional Republicans — not to mention U.S. taxpayers who are growing weary of supporting endless global conflicts.

But Biden and his Democratic Party have little concern with saddling future generations with paying for today’s wars, so the deal will likely be made.