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Biden calls delay in aid to Ukraine 'criminal neglect'

Biden calls delay in aid to Ukraine 'criminal neglect' U.S. President Joe Biden (photo: Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden commented on the delay in allocating funds to support Ukraine in the U.S. Congress. According to him, such a delay is a "criminal neglect" on the part of congressmen.

During a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Washington, the US president warned of "dire consequences" if US congressmen do not approve funding for Ukraine.

"The failure of the United States Congress, if it occurs, not to support Ukraine is close to criminal neglect. It is outrageous," Biden said at the White House.

At the same time, the German chancellor expressed hope that American congressmen would come to an agreement and allocate funds to support Ukraine.

"Hopefully the House will follow you and make the necessary decision on support," Scholz said.

U.S. assistance to Ukraine

The U.S. has run out of funds previously allocated to support Ukraine. A new funding package is to be allocated by the U.S. Congress at Biden's request. However, this request has been under consideration since last October and has only recently begun to move forward.

The U.S. Senate has recently taken up consideration of a bill to allocate funds to support Ukraine and Israel. The debate on the bill is currently underway, with senators proposing amendments. After the debate is over and the amendments are considered, the bill will be put to a final vote in the Senate.

However, this is not all. Next, the bill must be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, which has been creating problems on the way to considering Biden's request for funding. Read more in the RBC-Ukraine article.

Republican Congressman Mike Turner, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said during his visit to Kyiv that the United States fully supports assistance to Ukraine. He is confident that Congress will approve the funding.

At the same time, according to the head of the President's fraction in the Ukrainian parliament, David Arakhamia, Ukraine has enough military resources for another two months without new aid from the United States.