After heavy criticism from the USA, Saudi Arabia sends another sign of support for Ukraine.
The crown prince and de facto ruler of the country, Mohammed bin Salman, has promised Ukraine humanitarian aid worth US$ 400 million (around 410 million euros), Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA reported today.
In a phone call with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the heir to the throne also promised to support all measures that contribute to the de-escalation of the war.Saudi Arabia recently drew anger from Washington when the country agreed to cut oil production.In the US, the announcement was seen as support for Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine.Saudi Arabia and Russia are considered to be the leading forces in the Opec+ oil alliance.From November, he wants to produce two million barrels (159 liters each) less oil per day.
US increases military aid to Ukraine
The US pledged an additional $725 million in military aid to Ukraine. This includes, among other things, more ammunition for the HIMARS rocket launchers, said the US Department of Defense. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Washington that US aid would be increased “in the wake of Russia’s brutal rocket attacks on civilians in Ukraine” and in the face of “growing evidence of crimes by the Russian army”.
US military aid to Ukraine since President Joe Biden took office totals $18.3 billion, Blinken pointed out. According to the Pentagon, the new commitment includes 5,000 anti-tank weapons, 5,000 remote-controlled anti-tank mines, vehicles and medical supplies.