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U.S. about delay in aid for Ukraine: Everyone is aware of challenges

U.S. about delay in aid for Ukraine: Everyone is aware of challenges Penny Pritzker (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

The United States is grappling with the challenges associated with the delay in funding assistance for Ukraine. The urgency of this issue is apparent, according to the U.S. Special Representative for Economic Recovery in Ukraine, Penny Pritzker, in an interview with Suspilne.

"The urgency is apparent. This message is being delivered not only by your president and government. I also spoke about it to both chambers of Congress, presenting arguments both for military support and economic support," she said.

Pritzker cited Ukraine's successful example of exporting grain via the Black Sea. Since August 2023, Ukraine has managed to transport around 16 million tons of grain, approximately 600 vessels. In December, more grain was shipped than when the grain deal was initiated.

"When you tell such stories to members of Congress, they understand that they are investing in a place that has opportunities and potential," said the special representative.

According to her, the U.S. Congress understands that Ukraine is not only fighting for its own security but also for European and American security. Therefore, such arguments are convincing for lawmakers.

"Our parliamentary processes may be somewhat chaotic, but here we are talking about urgent issues, and everyone is well aware of the challenges," added Pritzker.

Delays in funding assistance to Ukraine

The U.S. President Joe Biden proposed allocating $106 billion to Congress for assistance to Ukraine and Israel. However, the issue has not been approved yet.

In the U.S. Congress, disputes are ongoing about further financing of aid to Ukraine. Republicans are blocking the issue, demanding the approval of immigration legislation. The White House expects that Democrats and Republicans to reach an agreement in January 2024.

On January 12, the White House announced that assistance to Ukraine has been suspended until Congress approves new funding.