USA announced this Wednesday that it will send Ukraine a new package of military aidvalued at 250 million dollarswhich includes ammunition for air defense systems NASAMS and other types of weapons.
The Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, called on Congress to pass as soon as possible a supplemental financing law to support Ukraine in the face of the threat from Russia. “It is imperative that Congress act as soon as possible to advance our national security interests by helping Ukraine defend itself and secure its future,” he said in a statement.
The aid package will be drawn from the stocks of the Pentagon and consists of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, ammunition for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, optical tracking missiles, 155 and 105 millimeter artillery rounds, and Javelin anti-tank missiles, among others.
“These capabilities will support Ukraine’s most urgent needs so that its forces can defend their sovereignty and independence,” the Pentagon said in a statement, in which it stressed that the role of USA “It is essential to sustain the coalition efforts of some 50 allies and partners.”
President Joe Biden has repeatedly asked Republican lawmakers to give the green light to new aid to Kyiv.
However, right-wing Republicans have led an effort to stop the effort, refusing to authorize new budget outlays if Democrats do not first agree to sweeping new anti-government measures. illegal migration across the southern border of the United States.
The package announced this Wednesday could be the last this year, unless Congress approves an additional batch of 110 billion dollars for Ukraine, Israel and other national security needs, which is blocked at the Capitol.
Of that amount, $61.4 billion would be for Ukraine, of which approximately half would be used to replenish the reserves of the Pentagon. Also included are some $14 billion for Israel for its war against the terrorist group Hamas and 14 billion for United States border security. Other funds would go to security needs in the Asia-Pacific region.
Pentagon spokesman, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Garron Garnexplained that due to an accounting error that overstated some of the weapons sent to Ukraine over the last year or more, there are still some 4.2 billion dollars that can be used through presidential authority for inventory use.
As a result, “without supplemental financing, there will be a shortfall in replenishing the military reservess of the United States, which would affect American military readiness,” he indicated.
But since the Pentagon does not have money to replenish the inventory sent to kyiv, the department will have to “rigorously evaluate” any future aid and its implications on the military’s ability to protect the United States, Garn said.
(With information from The Associated Press, Europa Press and AFP)