According to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Congress must decide whether it will continue to participate in the 50-nation coalition created by President Biden or whether it will ignore the lessons of history.
Without additional appropriations from Congress, the US presidential administration will run out of funds to purchase weapons for Ukraine by the end of the year. Assistant to the President for National Security Jake Sullivan announced this on Monday, December 4, at a briefing at the White House.
Biden’s adviser noted that resources provided by Congress for Ukraine and “other national security needs” have stopped the advance of Russian occupation forces in Ukraine and also helped Kiev achieve significant military victories, including occupying more than 50% of the territory previously occupied by Russia.
Reaching Congress: why the United States began to review financial assistance to Ukraine
“Now it’s up to Congress. Congress must decide whether they will continue to support the fight for Ukraine’s freedom as part of the 50-nation coalition that President Biden has created, or whether Congress will ignore the lessons we have learned from history and allow Putin to win. This is so.” simple. We hope Congress makes the right choice,” Sullivan said.
The Pentagon used 97% of the funds provided to help Ukraine
US State Department Advisor Matthew Miller said that of the $62.3 billion allocated to help Ukraine, the Pentagon spent 97%, and the State Department used all $4.7 billion, including funds for economic assistance and humanitarian support.
“We’re going to run out of funds very soon, so yes, we’re very concerned. That’s why the president and his administration are calling on Congress to act as quickly as possible,” Miller said.
On December 4, the media, citing a letter from the director of the US Office of Management and Budget, Shalanda Young, to the leaders of both parties in Congress reported that without active action on the part of Congress by the end of the year, funds would be spent on purchasing additional weapons and equipment for Ukraine, as well as providing an arsenal from American military reserves.
Let us recall that in November the media wrote that Congress could approve aid to Ukraine no earlier than mid-December. According to a representative of the Ministry of Defense, the United States has already begun to limit the flow of military assistance.