Congressional Republicans are threatening to block aid to Ukraine if it does not include a solution to border security.
This was reported by Politico, citing sources in Congress.
According to the article, this means that President Joe Biden's request for $60 billion for Kyiv now depends on a complex and delicate struggle over border security policy.
According to the sources, the six main negotiators are at loggerheads over raising asylum standards in the US, where Republicans believe this is a prerequisite for aid to Ukraine, while Democrats are not yet on board.
According to a person familiar with the ongoing negotiations, these discussions on Wednesday were positive. Senators plan to continue them during the Thanksgiving recess.
However, Senate leaders say there is still a long way to go. In particular, Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin believes that the discussion is at a very preliminary stage.
The authors of the article point out that this is a sign that assistance to Ukraine and Israel is now more threatened than ever. The next deadline for passing the bills is not until January 2024, which means that additional spending cannot be tied to the funding bill until the end of the year.
Author - Olena Madiak, 17/11/2023