Antony Blinken, the Secretary of States of the United States announced that Washington would provide military aid worth more than two billion USD (860 billion HUF) to Ukraine and 18 other Central and Eastern European countries, writes Hír24.
Blinken told Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on 8 September that he had authorised the US’ 20th shipment of weapons and equipment. This package contains 675 million USD (263 billion HUF) worth of weapons, ammunition and equipment from the inventory of the US Department of Defense. In addition, the US government has helped Ukraine with about 15.2 billion USD (6,000 billion HUF) since the Biden administration took office.
The US government also plans to send 2.2 billion USD (860 billion HUF) worth of aid to Ukraine and 18 other Eastern and Central European countries. Blinken did not specify the countries but only referred to them as the ones that faced the highest risk of being attacked by the Russians.
About half of the total amount will go to Ukraine, while the rest will be shared by the other countries to strengthen and modernise their defence with American weapons and equipment.
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Although the statement from the US Department of State did not specify the concerned countries, transcontinentaltimes.com published an unofficial list: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Among the countries of the Central and Eastern European regions, only Hungary and Serbia are not eligible for the support package. It most probably has to come down to politics – both of these countries’ leaderships nurture a close connection with the Russian government.
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