Colonel Grant on impact of US Congress decision on aid to Ukraine
Retired British Army Colonel and military expert, Glen Grant, believes that ongoing efforts to assist Ukraine will persist, and delays in decision-making by the US Congress will not significantly affect the unity of the European Union
He shared this view with Espreso.
"It's not necessary to be overly concerned about the actions and decisions of Congress. Congress is known for its occasional delays in funding allocation, and this is not the first instance. We've seen this before, so there's no need for excessive worry. What's crucial is that funds are earmarked for Ukraine. These funds represent allocations made earlier and remain unspent. The Ministry has received billions of dollars it has yet to utilize. Consequently, I don't anticipate any major disruptions in this regard," noted the military expert.
Glen Grant is confident that any interruptions in financial or moral support from the US to Ukraine will also affect other countries.
"However, I'm uncertain whether this will impact the overall cohesion of the European Union. I'm confident that efforts to aid Ukraine will continue," summarized Grant.
On September 30th, Kevin McCarthy, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, proposed excluding funding for Ukraine from the additional spending bill to prevent a government shutdown.
On October 1st, President Joe Biden signed a bill for temporary government funding until November 17th, which had been approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Prior to signing, Biden clarified that there was no new funding in the agreement for continued support to Ukraine.
Furthermore, Biden urged Congressional Republicans to promptly support the proposed legislation for additional aid to Ukraine.
Ukraine's Ambassador to the USA, Oksana Markarova, reassured that the temporary budget passage in the USA does not jeopardize the previously approved supply of weapons and equipment.
Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, has stated that despite the absence of a decision in the US Congress regarding aid to Ukraine amid the possibility of a government shutdown, support from the United States remains unwavering.
On October 3, the State Department called on Congress to take critically important actions to maintain support for Ukraine, emphasizing that both allies and adversaries of the United States are closely monitoring the situation.