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US President Biden called on Republicans in Congress to approve more aid to Ukraine. Biden warned that US support should not be interrupted.

US President Joe Biden assured Ukraine of continued US support and also called on Congress to decide on new aid to Kiev as soon as possible. Biden said on Sunday that money will continue to flow to the country currently attacked by Russia, but there is not much time left.

Under no circumstances can we allow American aid to Ukraine to be interrupted.

Joe Biden, US President

The previous day, Congress passed an interim budget with no new money for Ukraine through November 17 to avoid a government shutdown. But Biden reassured Ukraine and the United States’ western allies that they can continue to trust Washington.

Biden said the vast majority of both parties (Democrats and Republicans, Senate and House of Representatives) support aid to Ukraine to counter Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine. Referring to the budget dispute, he added: “Stop playing games. Get your work done.”

Resistance to aid to Ukraine grows

But many lawmakers acknowledge that the longer the war drags on, the harder it will be to get broad support for Ukraine aid in Congress. Resistance to this is growing, especially among Republicans.

Last week, nearly half of House Republicans voted to cut $300 million from the Defense Department spending package devoted to training Ukrainian soldiers and purchasing weapons. The money was later approved separately, but it was a clear sign of the changing mood among Republicans.

Funds for Kiev were removed from the transition budget

New aid to Ukraine was also removed from the interim budget approved on Saturday. Lawmakers from both parties supported the compromise to avoid a shutdown. The biggest loser was Ukraine. Republican Senator Rick Scott said people in his state of Florida want to help Ukraine. But they also wanted to help Americans.

President Biden assured that Saturday’s decision was about preventing a government shutdown that could pose a threat without bridge funding. Support for Ukraine is out of the question. “Look at me,” he said, turning to the camera. “We’ll get this done.”

Ukrainian government is confident

The Ukrainian government also expressed confidence. “Support for Ukraine remains resolutely strong within the U.S. government and on both sides, in the halls of the U.S. Congress, and most importantly among the American people,” Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said Sunday. He emphasized that the bridge funding would have no impact on the billions of dollars in support that the US Congress has already committed.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in Kiev that he did not believe the interim budget would be the final word without aid to Ukraine. “I hope that this is not the final decision and that the United States will continue to support Ukraine.”

Source: ZDF

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