Majority of Ukraine's supporters remain in Senate – international expert Dubovyk
Volodymyr Dubovyk, director of the Center for International Studies, believes that the US government shutdown could negatively affect military and financial support for Ukraine
He said this on Espreso TV.
"The US government shutdown is likely to affect aid to Ukraine. However, this does not mean that we need to accelerate the pace of the counteroffensive. After all, the Ukrainian Armed Forces' counteroffensive should go according to the plan that the General Staff adheres to. As for the US assistance to Ukraine, there is some progress. We see that the USD 300 million aid package has not been thrown away, and another USD 6 million has been allocated during the Congressional debate on the budget for next year," explained Dubovyk.
The expert also spoke about the debate in the United States about military and financial support for Ukraine.
"Let's hope that when the Congress approves the US budget for next year, they will be able to return to the Biden administration's request for USD 24 billion in aid to Ukraine for next year. For now, supporters of Ukraine retain a significant majority. This is certainly true in the US Senate, and therefore in the House of Representatives. Almost the entire US Democratic Party supports Joe Biden's position on supporting Ukraine. There is a certain split in the Republican Party, where Trump's supporters are against providing any support to Ukraine. The other part of the Republican Party is in favor of continuing military and financial support for Ukraine," he added.
On September 25, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that in the case of a government shutdown on October 1, sending military aid to Ukraine could become more difficult.