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US won't be able to transfer weapons to Ukraine without new funding

Dec 5, 2023

The United States will not be able to provide Ukraine with new weapons if Congress does not allocate funding for such supplies. But there is good news.


RBC-Ukraine reported this with reference to a briefing by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

He reminded that when the United States transfers weapons to Ukraine from its stockpiles as part of the "reduction package," the government takes the money allocated by Congress and buys new weapons to replace the transferred ones.

"When we run out of money to buy new weapons to replace the transferred ones, we are not able to continue supplying weapons to Ukraine... We need Congress to support funding in a bipartisan way. Because there is no way to get around the simple arithmetic that if there is no funding to provide weapons to Ukraine, we simply cannot continue to provide weapons to Ukraine," the US Presidential Advisor added.

According to Sullivan, Congress must "step up" because the United States "does not have a magic pot of money that's been hidden in a corner somewhere."

"The good news is that a very strong majority of both Democrats and Republicans support providing this aid, so there's no reason why it shouldn't come to a vote in the House and Senate. And if it is put to a vote, we will see overwhelming bipartisan support for providing this funding," he added.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 05/12/2023

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