“The stakes are high”: Biden will be surprised if the Republicans refuse to support Ukraine
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According to the American president, the United States is helping Ukrainians defend themselves in the face of “the most terrible aggression that has taken place since the Second World War.” But he doesn't write blank checks.
US President Joe Biden expressed optimism that support for Ukraine fighting Russian aggression will continue next year, both from Democrats and Republicans. This is reported by CNS News.
“Hopefully we will continue our bipartisan support for Ukraine against Russian aggression,” Biden told reporters, commenting on the still uncertain results of the midterm congressional elections.
When asked if he thinks support for Ukraine will continuous in the event that Republicans win a majority of seats in the House of Commons, Biden noting that he expects this.
The recent high-profile statement by Republican leader Kevin McCarthy that he would not write blank checks to Ukraine attracted public attention.
He subsequently clarified that he supported the allocation of assistance to Ukraine, which is opposed to Russian aggression, but, in his opinion , accountability is important here.
Biden commented on McCarthy's statement and said that the United States did not write blank checks to Ukraine.
As an example, Biden said that the United States denied Ukraine many of the requested weapons, in particular, the United States did not provide aircraft to “close the skies over Ukraine”.
“I said “No. We're not going to do it. We are not going to get involved in the Third World War and shoot down Russian planes and directly participate,” Biden said.
Biden explained why Ukraine is not being given ATACMS missiles
Regarding the HIMARS mobile missile systems, the US president said that although they can have a considerable range, depending on the type of projectiles, the US only transferred short-range ammunition to Ukraine “because I do not want them to bomb the Russian territory”. ATACMS long-range missiles for HIMARS can hit targets at a distance of 300 km.
According to the American president, the United States is helping Ukrainians defend themselves in the face of “the most terrible aggression that has taken place since World War II.”
“The stakes are so high. And I would be surprised if McCarthy, even after winning the most seats for his fellow Republicans, said that they would not fund Ukraine's legitimate defense needs,” Biden explained.