US Congress will not consider aid request to Kiev despite Zelensky’s arrival
WASHINGTON, December 11 – RIA Novosti. The US House of Representatives does not plan to consider the administration’s new request for aid to Kiev before recessing this week, according to the legislative calendar.
On Tuesday, a House committee will hold hearings on competition with China, another committee will discuss the impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Joe Biden and other events will take place. The issue of new allocations for Kiev is not included in the program of Wednesday and Thursday. And starting Friday, the House of Representatives will be on Christmas and New Year holidays until January 9, and the Senate will be in recess until January 8. Vladimir Zelensky is expected to meet with Biden and House Speaker Mike Johnson on Tuesday.
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An RIA Novosti source in Congress had previously said that the funding bill for Kiev was unlikely to be approved before the end of the year.
Republicans had previously blocked the Senate from considering the White House’s request for funds for Ukraine, Israel and other needs. The House of Representatives is also in no hurry to approve the relevant project. Both houses of Congress must approve the request. Republicans are demanding changes in approaches to border security in exchange for concessions on the bill; The White House warned that a few weeks remain, after which time aid opportunities for Ukraine will be exhausted and there is no guarantee of further support. Washington has said aid from European allies would be out of the question if the United States stops sending weapons to Ukraine. The USA plans to announce a new aid package to Ukraine by the end of the year.
Russia had previously sent a note to NATO countries regarding the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted that any cargo containing weapons sent to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. Russian President Press Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov noted that supporting Ukraine with weapons from the West does not contribute to the success of Russia-Ukraine negotiations and will have a negative impact. Lavrov stated that the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “not only by providing weapons, but also by training personnel.” In England, Germany, Italy and other countries.”
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