US and Ukraine sign 10-year security agreement at G7 summit

US and Ukraine sign 10-year security agreement at G7 summit

US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a security agreement on Thursday, June 13, during the Group of Seven (G7) summit, sending what they described as a message of opposition unified with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He can’t wait for us,” Biden said. “He cannot divide us.”

Zelenskyy said the deal demonstrates the “credibility of American support for our Ukrainian independence.”

“Today is a truly historic day. We signed the strongest agreement between Ukraine and the US since our independence,” said the Ukrainian leader.

“This is an agreement on measures to ensure sustainable peace and therefore benefits all people in the world, because the Russian war in Ukraine is a real global threat,” Zelenskyy added.

Kiev has signed fifteen bilateral security agreements with several countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy, since the start of the war with Russia in 2022.

Unlike other bilateral agreements, the pact with the US will not require the US to defend Ukraine if and whenever it is attacked. However, it could make it easier for Ukraine to hold peace talks with Russia, as it would be guaranteed to receive aid in the event of a further attack from Russia, the Guardian reported.

Furthermore, the deal does not require congressional authorization and could also be undone by a future Trump administration, the report added.

Biden has previously stated that guarantees for Ukraine would be equivalent to those for Israel, including financial and military aid, in addition to the possibility of a joint weapons program.


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