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Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky meets with Joe Biden in Washington



Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine’s Zelensky in Washington as Russian strikes intensify

In a show of gratitude, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has made an historic trip to Washington, meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden.

It comes as the Biden administration announces a further $1.85 billion in military aid for the war-torn nation, which includes the highly-anticipated Patriot Air Defence System.

Exact details of the Ukrainian President’s trip have been shrouded in secrecy in a bid to reduce any threats to his life.

Wearing his signature green pants and sweater, Zelensky stood next to Joe and Jill Biden on the White House lawn for a photo opportunity, before moving to the Oval Office.

Zelensky has hopes of seeking further support during his trip, thanking the American public for standing by his country in their fight against Russia.

“It’s an honour to be by your side in the united defence against what is a brutal, brutal war,” said Biden.

This is Europe’s biggest land conflict since World War Two, killing tens of thousands and forcing millions from their homes.

“The war is not over,” Zelensky said. “Thanks from our ordinary people to your ordinary people, Americans.”

The pair will shortly make their way to Capitol Hill for a joint session of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Repeated Russian missile strikes

Washington’s further military aid follows weeks of repeated Russian missile and drone strikes across Ukraine.

Moscow is continuing to target the nation’s energy infrastructure, leaving millions of people without electricity or running water.

The Patriot missile is one of the most advanced U.S. air defence systems in the world, offering unparalleled protection against air attacks.

“Today’s assistance for the first time includes the Patriot Air Defence System, capable of bringing down cruise missiles, short range ballistic missiles, and aircraft at a significantly higher ceiling than previously provided air defence systems,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in the statement.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, the U.S. has committed over $21 billion in military assistance to Kyiv.

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Is President Biden securing a ‘made in America’ supply chain for critical minerals?



Rare earths elements are responsible for some of the most important materials involved in electric vehicle production, battery making, renewable energy systems and technology manufacturing.

Last year, President Joe Biden said he wanted to make rare earths an important domestic policy initiative and he signed an executive order to review gaps in the domestic supply chains for rare earths, medical devices, chips, and other key resources.

The Department of Energy announced a $30 million initiative to tap into researching and securing the U.S. domestic supply chain for rare earths and other important minerals in battery-making production.

But at the same time, President Biden also blocked the mining of rare earth minerals on more than 225,000 acres of federal land for more than 20 years.

Is it possible for the U.S. to change course and again have a seat at the table in producing rare earths elements?

To discuss further, Luisa Moreno the President of the Defense Metals Corp. joined us.
#rareearthelements #rareminerals #China #UnitedStates #Veronicadudo #luisamoreno

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Is the West too reliant on Chinese rare earth exports?



Rare earths elements are needed to make iPhones, advanced batteries, military night-vision goggles and MRI machines. According to the U.S. Genealogical Survey, China was responsible for 80% of rare earths imports in 2019.

Critical earth minerals are a necessity for humans around the world.

They are essential to our modern-day lifestyles and critical in the creation of things such as iPhones, electric vehicles, and advanced precision weapons.

While the United States is dependent on other countries for many minerals, there is no country that America is more dependent on than China. And all these minerals come at a price.

Rare earths elements are needed to make everything from the technology we use every day like smart refrigerators and advanced batteries to night-vision goggles used by the military to MRI machines which are crucial to the medical field.

Many in the government, business, and science sectors have long raised concerns about how to ensure the West’s continued supply of these critical earth minerals.

The United States was once a dominant player in the rare earths supply chain, but for decades, that global market has been dominated by China.

According to the U.S. Genealogical Survey, China was responsible for 80% of rare earths imports in 2019.

Last year, the Biden administration even touted a new plan for the United States to rival China and end their decades-long dominance of rare earth metals market.

So, how reliant is the West on Chinese rare earth exports?

Luisa Moreno the President of the Defense Metals Corp joined us to discuss. #rareearthelements #china #unitedstates #greenagenda #veronicadudo #luisamoreno #trade

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Moscow says sending F-16 jets to Ukraine is a “colossal risk”



As Ukraine braces a summer of violence, Kyiv is pleading for more air support from NATO

U.S. President Joe Biden recently granted his backing for Kyiv’s pilots to be trained on F-16 fighter jets.

These jets can be used in a variety of combat scenarios, including air-to-air or gound-attacks.

In fact, the U.S. Air Force has described these jets as a “relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system.

Thousands of F-16s have been sent around the world. However, Kyiv has been requesting for this support for months.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky believes there is “substantial progress” in convincing western allies to equip Kyiv with fighter jets.

Zelensky said the jets are a “key component” of gaining an advantage over Russian forces.

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