US Congress at sunrise, May 10, 2022 (AFP/Stephanie Reynolds)
The US Congress will take a first step on Tuesday toward releasing a massive new envelope worth nearly $40 billion to Ukraine, following Joe Biden in his unwavering support for how.
“Through this assistance program, America is sending a signal to the world of our unwavering determination to support the brave Ukrainian people until victory” over Moscow, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted in a letter to elected officials.
Within this great circumstance: $6 billion that would enable Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles, and strengthen its anti-aircraft defense at a time when fighting is still raging in the east and south of the country.
About $9 billion is also planned to ensure, among other things, “the continuity of Ukrainian democratic institutions”, as well as a significant humanitarian component.
– ‘Cruel Putin’ –
US President Joe Biden has called for a massive $33 billion budget extension for Ukraine for several weeks.
US President Joe Biden at the White House, May 9, 2022 (AFP/Nicolas Cam)
But, on Monday evening, Democratic and Republican leaders agreed to move forward, finding a compromise around an envelope of $40 billion, equal to Cameroon’s gross domestic product in 2020.
Representatives elected to the House of Representatives should, unless it comes as a big surprise, give their approval for this budget Tuesday evening, before a vote in the Senate this weekend or early next week.
The leader of the Senate Democrats, Chuck Schumer, insisted on Tuesday that “the swift passage of this emergency funding is essential to help the Ukrainian people in their fight against a ruthless Putin.”
He said the United States had a “moral obligation” to stand by our “friends in Ukraine”.
A rarity in Congress accustomed to political disagreements: These measures enjoy very broad cross-party support.
In a statement on Monday, the US president urged Congress to vote “immediately” on such funding.
There is, according to the US Executive, an urgency.
A Ukrainian tank near Lysytchansk, May 9, 2022 (AFP/Yasuyoshi CHIBA)
The head of US intelligence, Avril Haines, warned on Tuesday that Vladimir Putin, who is preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine, is counting on waning Western support for how.
And she warned that the Russian president “is likely counting on the weakening of the resolve of the United States and the European Union, when food shortages and high energy prices are exacerbated.”
However, according to Joe Biden, the resources provided by the United States to help Ukraine should dry up within ten days.
– Helicopters and drones –
“We cannot allow the distribution of our aid to stop while awaiting a decision by Congress,” said the US president, who regularly expresses his desire to lead the great fight of democracies against authoritarian regimes.
Nearly $9 billion of this money should also enable Americans to replenish their weapons stockpile.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a virtual address to the US Congress, March 16, 2022 (POOL/J. Scott Applewhite)
Congress has been a traditional foreign policy ally of US presidents, and already released nearly $14 billion for the Ukraine crisis in mid-March, after he heard Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky compare his country’s conflict to the darkest hour in American history, Pearl Harbor, and the attacks. September 11…
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