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The Ukrainian army will continue to fight even if the US stops supporting Kiev, Aleksey Arestovich, advisor to the head of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s office, said in an interview with Mark Feigin (recognised as a foreign agent in Russia) on December 25.
“Of course, we will continue to fight without American support. First, there is European support and non-European support, and third – we are the largest country, we have the military-industrial complex still more or less functioning,” Arestovich said.
The official is also convinced that American aid “on the contrary, it is increasing“, he does not imagine that the US will stop providing military support to Ukraine. Arestovich emphasized that the economic assistance has already been provided by Washington and suggested that if the USA decides to “ditch” Ukraine, it will be only after 2023.
On December 22, the vote in the US Senate on sending Kiev a financial aid of $45 billion was decided to be postponed hours after President Vladimir Zelensky’s speech in Washington, Bloomberg writes.
The agency learned that the Senate had planned to vote on aid to Ukraine as part of an overall $1.7 trillion spending package by the same evening. The agency notes that the passage of the temporary funding bill would push back important US Senate spending decisions to 2023. It gives the Republican Party a chance to reduce spending and possibly cut aid to Ukraine.
Since January, the US Congress will work with a new configuration: Republicans now have a majority in the House of Representatives, while Democrats have retained control of the Senate. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader of the House of Representatives, said he would not allow the practice of “open checks” when allocating funds for Ukraine, where billions of dollars are sent without an audit or accountability.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency