US Set to Approve $61 Billion in Aid to Ukraine This April

by Roman Cheplyk
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
US Set to Approve $61 Billion in Aid to Ukraine This April

The United States is poised to approve an additional $61 billion in aid to Ukraine this April, as indicated by Kurt Volker, the former U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for Ukraine.

Volker expressed confidence in the timely approval of this substantial aid package, emphasizing the urgency before the U.S. presidential election cycle intensifies.

"I'm of the belief that the additional aid for Ukraine will amount to $61 billion. And I anticipate its approval within this month. While I've been mistaken before and am prepared to be so again, recall my prediction last May in Kyiv regarding the administration's request for $15 billion—I insisted it would surge to 60 billion. This is to avoid multiple votes on the matter," Volker remarked during his statement.

Volker highlighted the strategic intent behind consolidating aid to Ukraine ahead of the U.S. presidential elections, suggesting a one-time comprehensive vote to facilitate this significant financial support.

Furthermore, Volker pointed out the broad bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives for Ukraine, with approximately 80% of members, encompassing both Republicans and Democrats, favoring the aid. "The rationale is simple mathematics. With such widespread support, any bill presented is likely to secure between 300 to 350 votes," he predicted.

This development comes amid discussions in the U.S. Congress regarding the forthcoming aid package. Although a minority of legislators express reservations about the scale of financial support for Ukraine, a predominant majority backs the initiative. U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican, recently mentioned that a decision on Ukraine's aid package is expected in the forthcoming weeks, highlighting the ongoing deliberation and support within the U.S. legislative body for Ukraine.

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