The president of United States, Joe Bidensaid this Friday that if Congress does not finally approve the billions of dollars in military aid for Ukraine that the White House has requested it will be a “criminal negligence.”
“The failure of the US Congress, if it occurred, to support Ukraine would be close to criminal negligence. “It’s outrageous,” Biden said along with the German chancellor. Olaf Scholz before a bilateral meeting at the White House.
Scholz, for his part, also expressed his interest in the United States Congress aligning with Biden’s wishes and “making the decision to provide the necessary support” to Ukraine.
“Because without the support of the United States and without the support of European states, Ukraine has no possibility of defending its own country,” said the German chancellor.
Last week, the European Union announced an agreement on an aid package for Ukraine worth 50,000 million euros (about $54 billion), for which Scholz was “very happy.”
“Germany is willing to increase its support with the supply of weapons,” he added.
The White House has been asking Congress for months 60 billion dollars in military aid for Ukraine within a broader package that also includes about $14 billion for Israel.
Republicans forced the White House to negotiate immigration commitments in exchange for its support for aid for Ukraine, but the agreement that emerged failed this week in the Senate.
The German Chancellor took the opportunity to refer to the interview by the American journalist Tucker Carlson to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, issued on Thursday.
Scholz said it was a “ridiculous interview” in which he said the Russian president told “a lot of lies about the history of this war.”
US congressmen promise financial and military support
A group of congressmen from the Intelligence Committee of the United States House of Representatives assured this Friday in kyiv that Ukraine can count on the financing promised by Washington which is blocked in the Senate.
“We are confident in the clear support of the House of Representatives and the Senate and we will achieve this through a joint package that will provide the weapons that Ukraine needs,” Republican Mike Turner said in an appearance, quoted by the agency. Ukrinform.
Also the Republican representative French Hill indicated that the delegation will transmit to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, the message that it can count on getting the support of the United States and the rest of kyiv’s allies.
“We will not let this sovereign nation be ruthlessly destroyed by a ruthless Russian bear that continues to eat when it is not hungry,” Hill declared, adding that polls show Americans do not want Moscow to win the war.
The other two members of the delegation, the Democrats Jason Crow and Abigail Spanbergeralso highlighted their commitment to Ukraine and praised its “impressive” military resistance against Russia.
The senators approved on Thursday with 67 votes in favor and 32 against an initial vote that allows open debate on the project and that may last for the next few days.
(With information from EFE)