The Pentagon warned of possible interruptions in aid to Kyiv
A spokesman for the department said that difficulties could begin next week, and the Pentagon would like uninterrupted supplies. Earlier, the Senate postponed the vote on $40 billion assistance to Kyiv, sending the draft for revision
A delay in approving a new aid package for Ukraine could lead to a disruption in arms supplies to Kyiv, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby warned at briefing. According to him, difficulties may begin as early as May 19.
“We have about $100 million <…>, we would really like to get approval for additional powers by the beginning of the third week of this month in order to continue the uninterrupted flow of assistance to Ukraine,” — Kirby said. According to him, the department continues to urge the Senate to “act as quickly as possible.”
On May 10, the House of Representatives of Congress approved a bill for additional humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine for $40 billion. President Joe Biden requested assistance in the amount of $33 billion , but the amount was subsequently increased. The bill was supported by 368 congressmen, 57 opposed.
After the adoption of the document by the lower house of parliament, it was sent to the Senate. There, the final vote on the aid package was postponed: Rand Paul demanded that changes be made to the text of the document. He pointed out that the total assistance to Ukraine since last year, if the bill is passed, will reach $60 billion— this is more than the State Department's budget ($58.5 billion in 2022), and, according to the senator, this amount could accelerate inflation.
According to Bloomberg, the aid package includes:
- $6 billion in direct military assistance to Kyiv;
- $8.8 billion in economic support;
- $9.05 billion to replenish stockpiles of weapons supplied by the Pentagon;
- $4 billion for other countries to help purchase weapons they will supply to Ukraine;
- $4.35 billion for global food and humanitarian aid;
- $700 million in State Department global food funding;
- funds to renovate the US embassy in Kyiv and other expenses.
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According to Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, such the volume of assistance to Kyiv is explained “not at all by love for Ukraine”, but by the desire to continue the “proxy war”; against Russia and limit its development and influence. Medvedev warned that Washington's “printing press would break faster”.
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