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U.S. budget issues increase uncertainty about aid to Ukraine - EU High Representative

U.S. budget issues increase uncertainty about aid to Ukraine - EU High Representative EU's Chief Diplomat, Josep Borrell (Photo: RBC-Ukraine, Vitalii Nosach)

Budget issues in the United States are increasing uncertainty about further assistance to Ukraine, according to the E.U.'s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell.

According to him, the troubles surrounding approving the U.S. budget, where there is no aid to Ukraine, are deepening uncertainty about future support from Washington.

"In the short term, we couldn't compensate for the lacking U.S. support, and we hope that our friends and allies will quickly find ways of breaking the deadlock," Borrell noted.

He emphasized that if a similar situation persists in the future, it will increase the responsibility of the European Union.

The diplomat also added that the E.U. is strengthening defense cooperation with Ukraine, and peace must be established only on fair terms for Kyiv.

"We have sent a strong signal to Russia: we continue and will continue to fully support Ukraine's fight for freedom and sovereignty," Borrell said.

Disputes in the U.S. Congress

The U.S. Congress did not include new funding for assistance to Ukraine in the temporary budget law. This issue wants to be considered separately.

In addition, the House of Representatives has sent into resignation Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who supported military aid to Ukraine.

Against this background, the Pentagon has already warned Congress about possible problems with supplying weapons to Ukraine. According to Politico, Biden's administration is looking for alternative ways to finance assistance to Ukraine.