Ukraine will not have to pay in advance for the supply of American equipment and weapons.

U.S. President Biden on Monday signed the law on lend-lease for Ukraine (Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022), which simplifies the procedure for the supply of weapons to Ukraine and, if necessary, to Eastern European countries, in 2022-2023.

The text of the bill notes that this is done to help strengthen the defense capabilities of these countries and protect their civilian populations from potential invasion or from ongoing aggression by Russia.

The law gives the president additional powers – to make decisions on the supply and lease of defense military equipment to Ukraine when it meets the interests of U.S. national security, without lengthy bureaucratic procedures. At the same time, Ukraine will not have to pay in advance for American supplies of equipment and weapons, it is granted a deferred payment until the future.

President Joe Biden can still use the lend-lease powers in accordance with the Law on Arms Export Control, but the document that the president signs today cancels some of the requirements provided for by this law.