The strongest document since independence: Ukraine signs 10-year security agreement with the US

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Zelenskyy and Biden sign security agreement

The leaders of Ukraine and the United States signed an agreement on security guarantees. It will be valid for ten years.

This was announced by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It is noted that the parties recognize this agreement as support for Ukraine's possible membership in the NATO alliance.

The bilateral agreement deals with security aimed at strengthening Ukraine's defense against Russian invaders.

"The parties recognize this agreement as support bridge for Ukraine's eventual membership in the NATO alliance," the text reads.

What the agreement provides for

The United States will not send troops to Ukraine but will help by providing weapons and economic support.

"We will provide weapons and ammunition, expand intelligence sharing, and continue to train brave Ukrainian soldiers at bases in Europe and the United States," Biden said.

Also, under the terms of the security agreement signed between Ukraine and the United States, in the event of an armed attack or threat of such an attack on Ukraine, the highest officials of the United States and Ukraine will meet within 24 hours to consult on a response and determine what additional defense needs Ukraine needs.

The agreement does not provide for the deployment of U.S. troops to Ukraine but is aimed at strengthening our country's defense capabilities and winning the war. In particular, the agreement provides for the supply of combat squadrons that include, but are not limited to, F-16s.

In addition, five countries have expressed their readiness to provide Ukraine with Patriot air defense systems.

"We have the support of five countries to provide Patriot systems. We are also letting the countries that are waiting for us to supply Patriot in the future know that they will have to wait. We will be transferring everything to Ukraine now," Biden said.

In turn, Zelenskyy reminded that Ukraine urgently needs seven such air defense systems.

The US President explained that the agreement signed today between the United States and Ukraine provides for a number of obligations to the United States. In particular:

- Expanding intelligence sharing.

- Continued training of the Ukrainian military at military bases in Europe and the United States.

- Strengthening cooperation between the armed forces in accordance with NATO standards.

- Investments in the military-industrial base.

- Building cooperation with Ukraine's partners.

- Supporting economic and energy recovery after Russia's large-scale attacks on the energy grid.

Joe Biden also emphasized that the United States has not changed its position on Ukraine's strikes on Russian territory.

"It is clear that along the Ukrainian-Russian border, it is very useful for Ukraine to be able to disable or counter what is coming from there. With regard to longer-range weapons and strikes on Russia's interior, we have not changed our position on this," Biden said.

The document also clearly states the United States' support for Ukraine's future membership in NATO and recognizes that this agreement is a link on the path to membership.

Separate sections of the document address the importance of holding Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine, including through the payment of compensation. The document also notes the US efforts to impose sanctions and export controls. The document emphasizes the need to explore all possible ways in which frozen Russian sovereign assets can be used to support our country.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has already called this day historic and noted that the agreement contains a very detailed legally binding part, and this is "the reliability of America's support for our independence."

He thanked President Biden, his team, and the United States Congress for their support.

"Both parties, both houses, thank you. And thank you to every American heart that does not betray freedom and supports us," the President of Ukraine emphasized.

The United States has become the 17th country with which Ukraine has signed a bilateral security agreement to implement the provisions of the G7 Vilnius Declaration. Previously, Ukraine signed such documents with the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Latvia, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Japan.

Signals for the Russian dictator

In his speech during a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Joe Biden once again emphasized that the West "cannot be divided."

He stressed that the world's democratic elites will continue to support Ukraine until it wins, sending the Kremlin the following three signals that were adopted at the G7 summit:

- The 10-year security agreement signed between Washington and Kyiv.

- Historic aid to Ukraine in the form of 50 billion from Russia's sovereign wealth funds.

- An agreement on the use of sanctions against third countries that help the Kremlin circumvent restrictions.

"The pressure on Russia is increasing. This is a collective powerful set of actions. It creates a stronger foundation for Ukraine's success," Biden summarized.

The full text of the bilateral security agreement between Ukraine and the United States has already been published on the website of the President's Office.

Can the security agreement be canceled?

Some American media outlets have noted that the US-Ukraine security agreement will be a so-called "executive agreement." It does not require ratification and is not "binding on any future president."

At the same time, the Washington Post emphasizes, citing sources in the White House, that the agreement is intended to commit future US administrations to supporting Ukraine even if former President Donald Trump wins the November election.

Also, according to the media, the agreement does not contain any new commitments regarding Ukraine's prospects of joining NATO.

The Washington Post points out that since Trump is leading Biden in many polls, "the future of the agreement remains unclear."

However, according to the British Reuters news agency, former US President Donald Trump, who dreams of returning to the presidency, has already held a closed meeting with representatives of the Republican Party in the Capitol. He criticized aid to Ukraine and urged his fellow party members to abandon internal squabbles.

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