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House Speaker names aid to Ukraine a U.S. priority

House Speaker names aid to Ukraine a U.S. priority Archive photo: Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mike Johnson (Getty Images)

Assistance to Ukraine is a priority for the United States, and Washington will allocate additional funding to Kyiv. This statement was made by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, writes Politico.

"I think all of that will come together in the coming days. I’m confident and optimistic that we’ll be able to get that done - get that over the line," he said.

Johnson stated that there is a sense of urgency in providing assistance to both Israel and Ukraine, adding that there are "a lot of thoughtful discussions" among Congress members.

Ukraine is a priority, and Putin cannot be allowed to march through Europe

The Speaker also mentioned that assistance to Israel is a top priority for the U.S., and he identified aid to Ukraine as another priority.

"Of course, we can’t allow Vladimir Putin to march through Europe, and we understand the necessity of assisting there," Johnson said.

He explained that if Ukraine needs additional assistance, which most members of Congress consider important, there is also a need to work on changing U.S. border policy.

U.S. assistance to Ukraine

On October 1, the U.S. Congress passed a temporary budget bill that did not include new funding for aid to Ukraine, as it was decided to consider such an initiative separately.

Following this, U.S. President Joe Biden proposed allocating $106 billion to Congress, with the majority of these funds ($60 billion) intended for assistance to Ukraine. Assistance to Israel is also included.

Politico reported that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to hold a vote on President Joe Biden's request for aid to Ukraine and Israel on December 4.