After a meeting between Mohammed bin Salman and Volodymyr Zelensky, Riyadh on Saturday announced $400 million in humanitarian aid for kyiv.
L’Saudi Arabia announced $400 million in humanitarian aid for kyiv on Saturday (October 15th), and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke on the phone to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the official SPA news agency reported. The prince stressed “the kingdom’s position to support anything that will contribute to de-escalation, and the kingdom’s willingness to continue mediation efforts,” SPA said.
In September, Riyadh had played an unexpected role of mediator, resulting in an exchange of prisoners between Moscow and kyiv. The war in Ukraine, however, has fueled tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States, with the kingdom refusing to increase oil production as Washington would have liked to alleviate the energy crisis resulting from the conflict.
Riyadh has even come under increasing criticism from the United States following OPEC’s decision, with Saudi Arabia in the first place but also Russia and other allies, to reduce production drastically, which could push energy prices even higher.
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$725 million in US military aid
For its part, the United States will provide an additional $725 million in military aid to Ukraine for its defense against the Russian invasion, the Pentagon and the State Department announced on Friday. “This payment will bring the total of American military aid provided to Ukraine to an unprecedented amount of more than 18.3 billion dollars” since Joe Biden took office, said the head of American diplomacy , Antony Blinken, in a statement.
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The Pentagon details that the new batch promised by Washington includes in particular ammunition from Himars, a rocket launcher mounted on light armor which plays an important role in the Ukrainian counter-offensives in the east and south of the country. Also included are more than 23,000 artillery shells, 5,000 anti-armour mines operated remotely, 5,000 anti-tank weapons and 200 Humvee transport vehicles.
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Joe Biden promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday “to continue to provide Ukraine with what it needs to defend itself, including advanced systems” of air defense. The United States has already pledged advanced surface-to-air missile batteries: two for delivery in the coming weeks or months, and six more as part of longer-term aid. “Air defense capabilities have been and will continue to be a US priority for Ukraine,” the Pentagon said in its statement Friday.