US aid to Kyiv will remain unchanged or increase after midterm, says Ukrainian Defense Ministry

Ukraine’s defense minister told US weekly Newsweek that “US support will remain at the same high level, or else it will increase.”

  • Ukrainian soldiers position a US-provided M777 howitzer to fire at Russian positions, June 18, 2022 (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

US support for Ukraine would increase or at least stay the same regardless of the results of the midterm elections, because helping kyiv is in Washington’s interest, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said.

“It is in the direct interest of the United States to support Ukraine until victory, and I believe that, even after the election, American support will either remain at the same high level or it will increase,” said Reznikov. told the American weekly Newsweek Thursday.

“A majority of the American people” supported kyiv and understood that “it is up to them to join Ukraine in this fight” against Moscow, said the Ukrainian minister.

Republican lawmakers, who are expected to win a majority in the House and are known for their skepticism of excessive financial support for Ukraine, could slow aid, says former Virginia state senator Richard Black . Sputnik earlier today.

During a press conference on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden reaffirmed his optimism and hope that the new Congress “will continue this bipartisan approach to controlling Russia’s aggression in Ukraine”.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate were up for grabs this year, along with various state and local positions.

Republicans are expected to gain control of the House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress, while control of the upper house, the Senate, is largely undetermined. This could hamper White House decision-making in various areas, including military support for Ukraine.

Earlier this week, Biden expressed hope he could reach a deal on supplying Ukraine with more help.

House Minority Leader McCarthy said Republicans would not write a “blank cheque” for Ukraine if his party wins a majority in the House, adding that “people are going to be sitting in a recession and they will not write a blank check to Ukraine”.

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