US has "plan B" — Information resistance on US military aid to Ukraine
Oleksandr Kovalenko, a military and political observer with the Information Resistance group, suggests that if a consensus is not reached in the US Congress in January, there remains a possibility of alternative channels for providing weapons to Ukraine
He shared the information on Espreso TV.
"Europe can only partially compensate for the lack of assistance from the United States. As for the aid package, this package is the last one, as of the end of 2023. I would not be surprised if we see the next aid packages in the near future as early as 2024. Washington still has this funding opportunity. Statements that the United States does not have money for new packages are pressure on the capitalist hills, on the actions of congressmen to speed up the process of finding a consensus," Kovalenko explained.
According to the military and political observer of the Information Resistance group, if a consensus is not reached in the US Congress in January, there remains a possibility of alternative channels for providing weapons to Ukraine
"This option may not align entirely with US legal standards, but it remains feasible. Conventionally, this can be called ‘plan B,’ it’s not openly discussed. But Plan B does exist. And could be implemented if an agreement is not reached between Republicans and Democrats. But a consensus will be found. Because this is a US foreign policy issue at the level of national interests," Kovalenko emphasized.
Ukraine military aid in limbo after failed US Congress vote
On December 4, the White House said that without a congressional decision, the administration would run out of money to provide weapons to Ukraine to fight Russia by the end of 2023.
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 the Congress and called for the defense of freedom and to ensure that Russia does not take over Ukraine. Despite this, the Senate fails a procedural vote to begin work on a bill to provide USD 106 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.
On December 8, it became known that the US administration was considering including funding for anti-migration measures in the south of the country in the bill on aid to Ukraine and Israel to ensure a Republican vote in Congress.
On December 15, the White House drew attention to Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent statements about his intentions in Ukraine and urged Congress not to delay the approval of new aid for Ukraine.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announces that the US Senate has postponed its Christmas recess and will vote on the aid package again.
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 strike on Ukraine.
On January 4, John Kirby, the White House National Security Council Coordinator, stated that if the US Congress fails to pass a budget to support Ukraine, there might be a necessity to halt military aid. However, he assured that the presidential administration is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that Ukrainians continue to receive the necessary weaponry.