US temporary budget: implications for Ukraine
The adoption of the draft temporary budget for Ukraine in the United States means that the country will continue to work with its international partners. There are no immediate threats to the supply of weapons and equipment that were previously approved for Ukraine
Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova made the statement on Facebook.
"The Congress and the Administration made sure that the previous budget funds for Ukraine's assistance programs were transitional. The funds are available. The government will work, so nothing threatens the supply of weapons and equipment that was approved earlier," Markarova wrote.
She also added that Ukraine currently has at least an additional USD 1.6 billion in defense assistance (DA), more than USD 1.2 billion in direct budgetary assistance, such as the September tranche that was transferred to the World Bank, as well as significant amounts for energy and other programs.
The Ambassador mentioned that a new decision will be necessary after the initial 45 days have passed.
"In fact, there is time, there are resources, and most importantly, there is bipartisan and bicameral support for Ukraine, which makes it possible to work to confirm American assistance to Ukraine's fight for freedom and to save lives," Markarova said.
She is optimistic that Ukraine has a basis to anticipate that discussions on concrete solutions for the Ukrainian state will commence before the expiration of the 45-day period.
An hour before the October 1 deadline, US President Joe Biden signed a bill to temporarily fund the government until November 17, which had been approved by the US Senate and House of Representatives the day before. Before signing it, Biden issued a statement saying that the deal did not include new funding to continue supporting Ukraine.