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Putin's victory in Ukraine sends signal to other dictators for aggression, Ukrainian Foreign Minister

Putin's victory in Ukraine sends signal to other dictators for aggression, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned of catastrophic consequences of the disruption of U.S. funding for Ukraine (Photo: Vitalii Nosach/RBC-Ukraine)

If Russia is allowed to win, it will encourage other dictators to start new wars and destroy democracies. The price of their victories will be much higher than the current U.S. support for Ukraine, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister.

According to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, allowing Vladimir Putin to succeed in Ukraine will surely motivate other dictators and authoritarian rulers around the world to attack neighboring states and destroy democracies.

Kuleba is convinced that the price of dictators' victories would be much higher for the United States than today's support for Ukraine.

The minister emphasized that U.S. support for Ukraine is not charity, but an investment in global security and the prosperity of the American people, and it is the most profitable investment of all.

"The United States is giving Ukraine today is not a charity, is an investment in global security, in the security and prosperity of the American people. Is the cheapest you can get. I would like to remind you that Ukraine is one of a few countries in history that has not requested American boots on the ground. We are paying the highest price with the sacrifice of all people. All we ask the other countries to do - and the United States is leading this coalition - to give us what we need to fight and defend what is in the interest of all of us," Kuleba said.

Problems with U.S. financial assistance for Ukraine's defense

Ukraine is on the verge of losing U.S. military support due to political disputes between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over new financial aid packages to foreign partners.

On October 1, the U.S. Congress passed a temporary budget bill. It did not include funding for military assistance to Ukraine, as it was decided to consider this initiative separately.

On October 20, U.S. President Joe Biden submitted a bill to Congress for $106 billion to help Israel and Ukraine, as well as to strengthen the military-industrial complex. Of this amount, $61.3 billion was proposed to be allocated to Ukraine and $14.3 billion to Israel.

However, on November 2, the House of Representatives approved an alternative bill by newly elected Speaker Mike Johnson, which provides $14.3 billion in military aid exclusively to Israel without assistance to Ukraine. Senate Democrats blocked consideration of the bill.

On November 15, the U.S. Senate supported a bill on temporary two-stage government funding to avoid a shutdown due to the delay in approving the 2024 state budget. The document does not provide for aid to Ukraine. The next day, Joe Biden signed the document.

However, on December 6, the Senate blocked the start of debate on Biden's $106 billion aid package.

The White House is ready to compromise with Republicans on toughening border crossing rules for migrants to get Republican votes to approve aid to Ukraine.

Congress has one week left before the Christmas recess to approve defense funding for Ukraine. So far, Washington cannot guarantee future arms supplies to our country.