Ukrainian authorities shocked by Republican threats to cut US aid – FT
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According to the head of the presidential faction in the Verkhovna Rada, David Arakhamia, a few weeks ago, the Americans assured him of continuing military support for Kyiv. The alignment could change after the statements of Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on the revision of US spending abroad.
The Ukrainian authorities were shocked when they heard the suggestions of members of the US Republican Party about limiting financial support for Kyiv in the event of their victory in the November midterm elections to Congress. This was stated by the head of the Servant of the People presidential faction in the Ukrainian parliament, David Arakhamia, in a commentary to the British Financial Times (FT).
Republican leader in the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy previously warned about the inappropriateness of US financial spending abroad. Such comments show Republicans' skepticism about Ukraine's military support.
Arakhamiya told the FT: “To be honest, we were shocked when we heard McCarthy's comments.”
The politician spoke about meeting with McCarthy during a recent visit to Washington. According to Arakhamia, he was convinced that the United States will continue to support Kyiv.
“A few weeks ago, our delegation visited the United States and met with McCarthy. We were assured that bipartisan support for Ukraine in the war with Russia would remain a top priority, even if they will win the elections,” Arakhamia said.
Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko added that Kyiv is counting on the bipartisan support of the United States.
The administration of US President Joe Biden does not see a peaceful end to the war at the negotiating table in the near future and agrees to continue sending weapons to strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Military support for Ukraine – expert forecasts
Western analysts consider it real military aid package for Ukraine in Congress before the House of Representatives falls under the control of the Republican Party.
European officials have taken note of McCarthy's comments but do not yet believe a Republican victory in the midterms will lead to a real shift in US foreign policy.
Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur visited Washington this week. According to him, in conversations with Republicans, he repeatedly warned about the importance of supporting Ukraine for maintaining international order.
“The main message is that this is not a war between Ukraine and Russia. This is a war of the free world and the world founded on the rules of the aggressor,” he said.
According to Eric Edelman, adviser to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the disagreements between the Republicans are very unpleasant. He expects the United States to continue supporting Kyiv.
“I would not say that this is a death sentence for further assistance to Ukraine. Some Republicans will support, but then we will see anti-Ukrainian elements in the Republican Party,” commented Edelman.
Focus On October 14, I wrote about a new tranche of military assistance for Ukraine for $725 million, which will be received in the near future. It will include ammunition and army all-terrain vehicles Humvee.