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Ukrainian Foreign Minister on US aid: Time to move from signaling to decision-making

Ukrainian Foreign Minister on US aid: Time to move from signaling to decision-making Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Ukraine is hearing signals from the Democratic and Republican parties that American aid will be unblocked. But it's time for US lawmakers to take action, says Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

When asked by a journalist whether Ukraine receives signals from the United States about the possibility of unblocking aid, Kuleba answered in the affirmative. He added that there are many such signals and they are systemic.

"They come at all levels - from both Democrats and Republicans. But it's time to move from signals to actual decision-making," he said.

The minister noted that during his visit to New York, he spoke with "several people" who influence the decision-making process on assistance to Ukraine in the US Congress.

"That's why I talk a lot with my colleagues here about shells, about weapons, and how to speed up the decision-making process in the US Congress," Kuleba added.

US assistance to Ukraine

The US has been unable to approve new funding to help Ukraine for several months now. This is due to disagreements between Republicans and Democrats.

The US Senate recently passed a bill that includes more than $60 billion in aid to Ukraine. However, in order for the document to become effective, it must be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by President Joe Biden.

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson has so far refused to bring the bill to the floor. He wants the money for our country to be tied to the issue of border security.

Also, the House of Representatives recently went on vacation, which makes it impossible to consider the document until February 28.