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Ukraine has no plan if West stops arms aid, FM Kuleba says

4 January, 2024 Thursday

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says that Ukraine believes in "plan A" regarding military support from Western countries and has no alternative in case of a cutoff

He said this in an interview with CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour.

When asked what Ukraine's "plan B" is to compensate for the lack of weapons, Kuleba said: "We do not have a 'plan B'. We are confident in 'plan A'".

"Ukraine will always fight with the resources it has. And, as the Secretary General (of NATO - ed.) correctly said, what is given to Ukraine is not charity. It is an investment in the defense of NATO and in the defense of the prosperity of the American people," he added.

The minister explained that in the event of a theoretical Russian victory in Ukraine, other leaders around the world would be tempted to follow in Russia's footsteps, and this would require a higher price from the United States.

"So whatever the price is today, the price of everything that will happen if Ukraine does not get help today will be much, much higher. And that's why we believe in Plan A, we are working on Plan A and we will implement it," he concluded.

What is known about the US Congress' vote on additional aid to Ukraine

On December 4, the White House said that without a congressional decision, it would run out of money to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russia by the end of the year.

After that, the Congress issued an ultimatum to US President Joe Biden regarding assistance to Ukraine: House Speaker Mike Johnson threatened to withdraw support for funding for Kyiv unless the White House agreed to strengthen border security. 

On December 6, US President Joe Biden addressed Congress and called for the defense of freedom and to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine. Despite this, the Senate failed a procedural vote to begin work on a bill to provide $106 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. 

On December 8, media reported that the US administration was considering including funding for anti-migration measures in the south of the country in the bill to ensure a Republican vote in Congress.

On December 15, the White House drew attention to Russian leader Vladimir Putin's recent statements about his intentions in Ukraine and urged Congress not to delay the approval of new aid for Ukraine.

Also, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said that the United States Senate had postponed the Christmas recess that was supposed to begin next week.

On December 21, White House National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby said that the administration hopes to approve aid to Ukraine in early January, when Congress returns to work after the Christmas recess.

On December 29, US President Joe Biden addressed Congress after Russia's massive terrorist attack on Ukraine.

On January 4, Kirby said that he was not aware of any imminent decision on the possible resumption of military aid to Ukraine.

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