Although the US Congress’s temporary budget does not include additional funding for Ukraine, President Joe Biden has emphasized Kiev’s continued support from Washington. In an address from the White House on Sunday, Biden said: “I want to assure our American allies, the American people and the people of Ukraine that you can count on our support. We will not retreat.”
Congress passes 45-day financial plan without additional Ukraine aid
Approval of a temporary financial plan It was only on Saturday evening (local time) that the US Congress, with support from both parties, approved a financial plan that is only valid for 45 days in order to initially avoid a budget blockade. However, new financial aid for Ukraine is not included in this text. Some Republican hardliners in Congress, who have a particular loyalty to former President Donald Trump, strictly reject any additional military aid to Ukraine.
Biden emphasizes “urgent need” for new aid to Ukraine
US ties and promises to Ukraine Biden emphasized in his speech the “urgent need” to get a new Ukraine aid package through Congress. He appealed to the Republicans to avoid another budget crisis after the interim budget that has now been passed expires. “I’m tired of playing with fire,” Biden said. The United States has provided extensive support to Ukraine since Russia’s widespread invasion began in February 2022, which has so far reached a value of $110 billion (approximately €103.9 billion). The next US budget plan should mobilize a further support package of $24 billion.
Ukraine is “actively” working on secure US financial assistance
Soon vote and Ukraine’s attitude The additional funds to support Ukraine should now be decided independently by the US Congress. According to US media reports, the vote on this will take place in the near future. On the other hand, the Ukrainian government was hopeful about US aid. Kiev is “actively working” with its American partners to ensure that the next US budget includes “new funding to support Ukraine,” said Oleh Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
Austin assures continued US support in the phone call
Assurances at the Defense Minister level On Sunday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin assured his Ukrainian counterpart Rustem Umerov in a phone call that the US will continue its support for Ukraine in its defense against the Russian attack, as Umerov announced on various online networks.