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04.08.22

A new proposal would replace the armament of some NATO countries supporting Ukraine

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation to replace weapons, ammunition and other equipment from defense supplied to Ukraine by some NATO countries. Specifically, the bill would authorize the Department of Defense (DoD) to transfer equipment to low-income NATO countries to quickly build their defense capabilities in order to incentivize giving additional capabilities to Ukraine. .

“The resilience of the Ukrainian people is unprecedented as they continue to show Putin that they are not ready to give up their country’s future,” he added. said Durbin. “I’m leading a bipartisan bill with Senator Grassley to ensure we continue to support our NATO partners who are providing Ukrainians on the front lines with critically needed security assistance.”

“Fortunately, many of our NATO allies stepped in and immediately delivered critical weapons and supplies to Ukraine. To deter any further invasion or potential aggression by Putin and to facilitate the delivery of additional weapons systems to Ukraine so that it can expel the invaders, it is important to quickly replenish weapons and ammunition, especially in Europe. from the east. Putin’s actions have been increasingly messy, and during this uncertain time it is especially important for the United States to stand firmly with our allies in the region,” he added. said Grassley.

Durbin and Grassley’s proposal would replace weapons donated by low-income NATO countries. This would both address security gaps in NATO frontline nations through existing donations and encourage new high-impact systems donations that could make a significant difference in the next phase of the war to ensure Ukrainian victory. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is also one of the co-sponsors of the legislation.

Durbin and Grassley, co-chairs of the Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus, formerly introduced the Baltic Defense and Deterrence Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to effectively codify the Baltic Security Initiative effort and create a complementary initiative to the US Department of State. Together, these two efforts will enhance and strengthen U.S. security and economic cooperation with the Baltic countries amid Russia’s continued aggression toward the Baltic countries and heightened tensions with China.

Read the full text of the bill by clicking here.

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