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US has mechanisms to supply Ukraine with weapons without congressional approval - political analyst Shlinchak

27 February, 2024 Tuesday
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Victor Shlinchak, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of World Policy, believes that Joe Biden's administration has several mechanisms for supplying Ukraine with weapons if the Congress does not make a decision to help Kyiv soon

He expressed this opinion on the Espreso TV channel

"I have repeatedly said that the United States has weapons that have to be disposed of. All it takes is political will. All these thousands of missiles and ammunition can be conditionally valued at $100 and transferred to Ukraine. There is a Pentagon budget for this. That is, if there is political will and desire, we can help Ukraine right now, without waiting for the Congress to decide on funding for Kyiv," explained Shlinchak.

The political analyst emphasized that the Biden administration can send aid to Ukraine without waiting for a congressional decision.

"That is, in fact, there are some mechanisms in the United States that have not yet been activated. I hope that the Biden administration will use them and provide Ukraine with assistance that is critically important today and affects the front line. However, I would like to emphasize once again that this requires political will. The West is still very cautious about helping Ukraine, as they believe it will not lead to an escalation of the war," he added.

  • On February 14, Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson said that Republicans have no plans to vote on the bill to help Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, as the United States must take care of its own problems before solving them around the world.
  • On February 16, the US House of Representatives goes on vacation until the end of February, and they do not vote on the bill passed by the Senate with the aid package for Ukraine.
  • February 19 US President Joe Biden says he is ready to meet with House Speaker Mike Johnson to discuss the bill to help Ukraine.
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