Kyiv shocked by Republican threats to suspend US aid – Ukraine’s chief negotiator
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – October 20, 2022) Davyd Arakhamia, Ukraine’s negotiator in stalled peace talks with Russia, said kyiv was “shocked” as Republicans warned they would cut off US aid to Ukraine in the event of an election victory.
On Tuesday, U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised that if Republicans won a majority of seats in the lower house of Congress in the midterm elections, Ukraine would not win. a “blank check” for help given the impending recession in the United States. .
“We were shocked to hear those comments from Mr. McCarthy, honestly,” Arakhamia told the Financial Times on Wednesday.
Arakhamia noted that he had met McCarthy on a recent visit to Washington and was confident the United States would continue to support kyiv.
“Just a few weeks ago, our delegation traveled to the United States and met with Mr. McCarthy…We were assured that bipartisan support for Ukraine in its war against Russia will remain a top priority. even if they win the elections,” Arakhamia said. added.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko noted that Kyiv was counting on “continued bipartisan support” from the United States for its role in the conflict.
The United States will hold its midterm elections in November, following which a new composition of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be formed. Presidential elections are scheduled for 2024.
Washington last week announced another $725 million military assistance package for Ukraine, which includes more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) ammunition and additional artillery shells. 155mm. On October 12, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said that Washington would provide Ukraine with an integrated air missile defense system to cover the country’s most important installations, calling on allies to participate.
Since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Western countries have provided Kyiv with humanitarian, military and financial aid. Moscow has denounced the flow of arms to Ukraine from its Western allies, saying it adds fuel to the fire and warning that any arms deliveries into Ukrainian territory would be “legitimate targets” for Russian forces.