The head of the Russian parliament says that Ukraine is mortgaging itself to the United States 2022-04-29 04:05:00


Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin before the Victory Day parade on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, June 24, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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LONDON (Reuters) – Russia’s top lawmaker said on Friday that Ukraine is effectively betting itself on the United States by seeking access to billions of dollars in arms loans proposed by U.S. President Joe Biden.

Biden on Thursday asked Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine — a significant escalation of US funding for the war with Russia — and the Ukrainian president implored lawmakers to give the request quick approval. Read more

Vyacheslav Volodin, as the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament often voiced the views of the Kremlin, accused the United States of seeking to profit from the war while condemning future generations of Ukrainians.

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“Lending and leasing is a commodity loan, not cheap: many generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay for all the ammunition, equipment and food that the United States will provide,” Volodin said.

“Zelensky is pushing the country into a debt pit,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr added.

Biden’s funding request includes more than $20 billion in arms, ammunition, and other military assistance, as well as $8.5 billion in direct economic aid to the Ukrainian government and $3 billion in humanitarian aid.

On Thursday, Congress passed legislation based on the Lend-Lease Act of 1941, originally proposed by President Franklin Roosevelt to help arm British forces fighting Nazi Germany, to allow Biden to supply weapons to Ukraine on loan, the New York Times reported.

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(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge)

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