This change in approach was outlined by State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller, as reported by "European Truth." Miller emphasized the U.S.'s continued commitment to supporting Ukraine but clarified that the nature of the support would evolve. "We will continue to support Ukraine... as long as necessary. However, this doesn't imply maintaining the same level of military funding as in the past two years," he stated.
The U.S.'s objective is to assist Kyiv in becoming self-reliant, building a robust military-industrial base that enables independent financing, production, and procurement of armaments. Miller highlighted that the transition to this new approach is still in progress, underlining the importance of Congress passing a bill for additional funding. "Ukraine is not yet at a point where it can fully defend itself relying solely on its own resources," he added.
The U.S. Senate's failure to vote on the aid package for Ukraine in 2023 led to a temporary halt in military assistance due to internal political disputes among American senators.
The White House is hopeful that the U.S. Congress will approve the allocation of military aid to Ukraine in early January 2024, following the return of congressmen from the Christmas break. This expected decision reflects the ongoing support for Ukraine while transitioning towards a more sustainable, self-sufficient defense structure.