President Biden has signed a new bill to allow arms lending to Ukraine. The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 has escalated U.S. involvement in the Russia-Ukraine war.
- The bill aims to enable the U.S. to provide Ukraine with as much as possible, including more sophisticated weaponry, said Angela Stent, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, former national intelligence officer at the National Intelligence Council and author of “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest.”
- Russia asserts U.S. aid to Ukraine signals a proxy war, said Stent, adding that Russia has made retaliation threats but is currently bogged down.
- While the U.S. has been able to maintain unity with other Western nations so far, continuing that will become a major challenge, she said.