Amid the brutal ongoing war in Eastern Europe, US President Joe Biden hailed his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk-yeol for providing assistance to Ukraine to fight Russian aggression. During his three-day visit to the Korean country, Biden also signed a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine ahead of his state dinner with the South Korean president. The bill reinforces US commitment to Ukraine as the war continues to escalate.
According to reports, the funds will be used to help the Ukrainian people until September.
Notably, South Korea provided Ukraine with non-lethal military supplies and aid worth 2 billion won ($1.6 million) in March. In addition, the Korean country has also imposed several sanctions on Russia for its unjustified attack on Ukraine. Meanwhile, earlier this month, the South Korean government said the country’s ambassador to Ukraine and some diplomatic staff had returned to Kyiv to resume operations. According to a statement from the South Korean Foreign Ministry, several diplomats, including the country’s ambassador to Ukraine Kim Hyung-tae, who worked in a temporary liaison office in Chernivtsi, have returned to Kyiv.
Biden visits Air Force Operations Center in Seoul
Meanwhile, US President Biden and the South Korean President also visited an air force operations center in Seoul on Sunday, before the former began his visit to Japan. During their visit, the two leaders met with U.S. and South Korean troops stationed at the Korea Air and Space Operations Center at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek. Biden was the first US president to visit the facility, which is located in an underground bunker and serves as a critical command post for air and space operations, Yonhap reports the news agency.
It is relevant to mention here that the war between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate unabated and is about to enter its third month. Several countries around the world have come forward to support Ukraine with military and financial aid, and have also imposed numerous sanctions on Russia since it launched a full-fledged war on February 24. Meanwhile, the delegations of Russia and Ukraine have held several rounds of peace negotiations, but they have not yet yielded the expected results.
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