US sets aside funds for Kiev in case of escalation at Russia-Ukraine border



WASHINGTON, June 19. / TASS /. The United States has prepared emergency funds to help Ukraine with an escalation on its national border with Russia, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

“The idea that we withheld security aid to Ukraine is nonsense,” the statement from Psaki read. “As recently as last week – in the run-up to the US-Russia summit – we provided a $ 150 million package of security assistance, including deadly assistance.

“We have now provided the full amount allocated by Congress as part of Ukraine’s security assistance initiative,” she continued.

“We have also prepared emergency funds in the event of another Russian incursion into Ukraine,” the statement said.

“As president [Joe] Biden told the president [Vladimir] Putin directly, we will tirelessly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, ”Psaki added in his statement.

The summit between Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden of the United States took place at Villa La Grange in Geneva on June 16.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Ekho Moskvy radio on Thursday that Russian troop movements near the Ukrainian border were mentioned at the summit of the Russian and US presidents in Geneva, but that no accusations were made. had never been taken to the highest level.

The US daily Politico reported earlier that “The White House Biden has temporarily suspended a military aid program to Ukraine that would include lethal weapons, a plan initially devised in response to aggressive movements of Russian troops along the border Ukrainian this spring. The aid package is said to be worth up to $ 100 million, according to four people familiar with the internal deliberations. “


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