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U.S. unable to confirm 'Plan B' if Congress rejects aid to Ukraine

U.S. unable to confirm 'Plan B' if Congress rejects aid to Ukraine Victoria Nuland, Deputy Secretary of State of the United States (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Deputy Secretary of State of the United States Victoria Nuland could not answer the question of whether her country has a "Plan B" in case Congress does not approve the aid package for Ukraine, reports a correspondent of RBC-Ukraine.

In particular, Nuland has responded to RBC-Ukraine's question about whether Ukraine will receive the assistance from the U.S. that Biden requested from Congress and whether there is a "Plan B."

"Let me start by saying the American people understand and admire the miracle Ukraine has already achieved in defending itself against this vicious Russian aggression. And they also understand what happens if you cannot continue not only to survive but to thrive. And so I have great confidence that that understanding will be reflected in the vote the Congress makes on the request of President Biden," she stated.

American inspectors in Kyiv

On January 29, general inspectors from the U.S. Department of Defense, the State Department, and the United States Agency for International Development arrived in Kyiv. They came to check the American aid provided to Ukraine.

Issues with U.S. assistance for Ukraine

In October 2023, U.S. President Joe Biden submitted a bill to Congress allocating $106 billion in aid to Israel and Ukraine, as well as allies in the Asia-Pacific region. Of this amount, $61.3 billion was proposed to be allocated to Kyiv.

However, in December, the Senate blocked the start of debates on this bill. The reason was the Republicans' demand to add a tougher set of measures to protect the southern border of the United States with Mexico.

As reported by The Guardian, Congress has already approved the text of the agreement on the U.S.-Mexico border, the adoption of which will depend on the renewal of military aid funding to Ukraine. The document's text is expected to be published in the coming days.