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MFA reveals latest timelines for approval of U.S. aid to Ukraine

MFA reveals latest timelines for approval of U.S. aid to Ukraine Photo: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Ukraine believes that the U.S. Congress will approve financial assistance for Ukraine by the end of January, says the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.

"The question here is not whether to assist Ukraine or not. Now the discussion is about border (U.S. border - ed.). But by the end of January, there is a war going on, decisions need to be made," said Kuleba.

According to him, the end of January is the deadline for the decision.

"By the end of January (the deadline for the decision - ed.). This is what our American partners are saying. They are all optimistic about the outcome. They say the situation on the border is to blame for the delay," the minister said.

U.S. and EU assistance to Ukraine

Several months ago, U.S. President Joe Biden requested Congress to allocate over $100 billion for national security needs, with over $60 billion in new funding earmarked for assistance to Ukraine.

Republicans in Congress refused to support such an initiative, demanding more stringent measures for border protection with Mexico to be included in the package.

Thus, for over a month, there have been attempts in Congress to reach an agreement on measures to approve the package. On January 12, it became known that U.S. assistance to Ukraine was suspended until the approval of funding by Congress.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban also blocked an EU initiative that proposed allocating €50 billion for Ukraine.

Meanwhile, The Financial Times reported, citing sources, that the European Commission is willing to compromise on some of Hungary's demands to approve this decision.