Now, the US administration is pushing for more help for Kyiv using economic justifications in the face of strong political opposition.
“If you look at the investments that we’ve made in Ukraine’s defense to deal with this aggression, 90% of the security assistance we’ve provided has actually been spent here in the United States with our manufacturers,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday after meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron in Washington.
This, Blinken underlined, “produced more American jobs, more growth in our own economy.”
Blinken noted that this is on top of the significance of Kyiv’s backing for US national security and international politics.The US is Ukraine’s main military ally in the fight against Russia’s incursion. The US has given Ukraine military assistance worth billions of dollars since the conflict began in February 2022. However, a domestic political struggle between Republicans and Democrats in Congress is impeding the release of more help.
Many Republicans are either declining to support Ukraine at all or voicing misgivings about it.
Once again, there are no additional funds for Ukraine in the newly passed transition budget.
The US administration estimates that by year’s end, all of the money originally granted by Congress for Ukraine will have been utilized. Congress has been urged to take action by Biden and his team, often using dramatic and more forceful pleas for several weeks.
Cameron also pleaded vehemently for more US assistance for Ukraine during his visit. He claimed that he was merely making points that he thought were significant “as a friend of America, as a friend of Ukraine” and that he had no intention of meddling in US domestic affairs.
“In the 1930s we didn’t act fast enough to deal with the evil dictator who was invading European countries and redrawing borders by force,” cautioned Cameron. “And we know how that ended.”