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Australia’s New Prime Minister Promises Increased aid During Visit to Ukraine

Australia’s New Prime Minister Promises Increased aid During Visit to Ukraine – During a visit to Ukraine on Sunday, Australia’s newly elected prime minister, Anthony Albanese, pledged further military support and increased sanctions against Russia, demonstrating the liberal democracies’ continued commitment to aiding Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky described the visit as the first by an Australian prime minister to his country throughout their history of diplomatic relations at a news conference in Kyiv, the capital.

According to Australia’s newly elected prime minister, Anthony Albanese, Australia intends to send Ukraine more drones and armoured vehicles in addition to other supplies and to ban the import of Russian gold.

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With the newly announced weapons, Australia has already provided around $266 million in military aid to Ukraine since the conflict broke out in late February.

He said, “Australia is able to continue providing assistance to the Ukrainian state and its people for as long as it takes for Ukraine to realise the rewards and defend the legislation and order that all of us depend upon.”

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Albanese also pledged to intervene before the International Court of Justice in support of Kyiv’s claim that Russia committed war crimes and announced duty-free access for Ukrainian commodities to Australia.

Australia also announced travel restrictions and sanctions against 16 Russian ministries and oligarchs, and it stated it will join other countries such as the United States, Britain, Canada, and Japan in forbidding the import of Russian gold.

In light of Russia’s war, Australia has already imposed sanctions on 843 individuals and 62 entities, according to Albanese.

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While India and Brazil, two countries seen by Washington as impartial, have resisted the Biden administration’s efforts to form a global coalition of nations isolating Russia and supporting Ukraine, the United States and the European Union have found allies in Australia as well as other countries like Japan.

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