Russia-Ukraine live: Biden signs $40bn aid package for Ukraine

The funds are intended to support Ukraine through September and are significantly larger than the $33bn requested last month by the US president

Latest developments on Saturday:

  • Biden signs $40bn aid package for Ukraine
  • Zelenskyy says only diplomacy can end Ukraine war
  • Erdogan discusses Nato concerns with Sweden and Finland
  • Russia declares travel ban on 963 Americans including Biden and Blinken
  • Russia's Gazprom halts gas supply to Finland

US President Joe Biden has signed the $40 billion aid package passed by Congress. Its passage by overwhelming margins in the Senate on Thursday and the House last week was seen as a sign of popular support in the US for Ukraine’s efforts against Russia’s invasion.

Meanwhile, the Ukraine war can only be resolved through "diplomacy", Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday, amid a deadlock in negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow. "The end will be through diplomacy," he told a Ukrainian television channel, giving a warning that the war "will be bloody, there will be fighting but it will only definitively end through diplomacy".

Also on Saturday, Russia's Gazprom said that it had halted gas exports to neighbouring Finland, the latest escalation of an energy payments dispute with western nations.

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Updated: May 21, 2022, 2:40 PM