The sending of new resources from the United States to support Ukraine in the ongoing war with Russia no longer depends on the decisions of the government headed by Joe Biden. The White House reported that the allocation of more money will only happen if there is support from the country’s Congress.
In a press conference this Wednesday (3), the spokesman for the United States National Security Council, John Kirby, confirmed, on behalf of the government, that a package of US$250 million (about R$1.2 billion) in weapons and equipment released on December 27th will be the last, if there is no authorization from congressmen for new shipments.
“In the week between Christmas and New Year’s, we gave Ukraine the last package of financial assistance with available funds. Now we need support from Congress to continue sending money,” Kirby summarized. “I don’t want to get ahead of the decision-making process. We will do what we can to continue supporting Ukraine,” he continued.
According to the spokesperson, the announcement does not mean that the Ukrainians will immediately stop receiving American support. The material relating to this latest package will arrive in Ukraine in batches, so support will certainly continue for a few days.
“The money from each support package always takes a few days or weeks to arrive. The funds for the package released on December 27th have not yet all been sent to Ukraine, but once they arrive, we do not have a ‘magic pot’ to send support for Ukraine”, he explained.
On December 12, Biden announced the release of this military aid package for Ukraine. The amount announced, however, was far below the expectations of the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who had an approval of US$60 billion (almost R$300 billion).
Editing: Thalita Pires