$5 billion in US aid allocated for Ukraine remains unused – diplomat Bryza
Matthew Bryza, former adviser to the US Secretary of State, said that Ukraine receives an average of USD 2.7 billion per month from the United States
He shared the information on Espreso TV.
“A few weeks ago, we reported that the Biden administration was gearing up to supply Ukraine with ATACMS missiles and was making progress toward providing F-16 fighter jets. This decision came because they recognized Ukraine's genuine need for these weapons and had no intention of them being used for attacks on Russian soil. Without these resources, Ukraine would struggle to meet Washington's demands for progress on the battlefield. However, the confusion within the US political system has left everyone uncertain about what comes next,” Bryza said.
According to the diplomat, there is still $5 billion in unused US aid allocated for Ukraine.
“In the long run, it would be politically disadvantageous for the future Speaker of the House of Representatives not to reinstate support for Ukraine. Nevertheless, the timing and the size of this aid package remain uncertain. With Ukraine typically receiving an average of $2.7 billion per month from the US, this unused aid could cover another two months of assistance,” he added.
In the upcoming week, the US administration may unveil a military aid package for Ukraine, utilizing funds that resulted from a multi-billion-dollar accounting error, where the cost of previously delivered weapons was overestimated.
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On October 1, President Joe Biden signed a temporary government funding bill, which will provide funding for 45 days. The bill had been approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Prior to this, the White House confirmed that there was no new funding included in the agreement for continued support to Ukraine.
On October 3, Kevin McCarthy was removed from his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives amidst allegations from fellow Republicans that he had compromised with Democrats, secured a 45-day budget extension, and struck a "secret deal" with President Joe Biden.