In the News May 5
Situation in Europe and Ukraine
U.S. Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act
NATO’s political wing, the Atlantic Council, held a “Front Page” event on April 29 at which two U.S. senators spoke on the topic of “next moves to prevent a Russian victory” in Ukraine. Congress is likely to offer significant support for Ukraine against Russia in response to the Biden administration’s request for $33 billion in new aid, they said, adding that the U.S. might further arm neighbouring states .
The two senators who spoke at the meeting, John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), co-sponsored the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act. The law has cleared both houses of Congress and is now awaiting Biden’s signature to become law. The Lend-Lease plan evokes World War II efforts to arm Britain against Nazi aggression. “The two senators detailed a bipartisan strategy to send the message that U.S. support for Ukraine will be as unflinching as the Ukrainians have been in their defence against Russian aggression,” news reports said.
TML Daily, posted May 5, 2022.