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US pushing Ukraine aid bill 'very hard', there is no 'plan B', ambassador

US pushing Ukraine aid bill 'very hard', there is no 'plan B', ambassador Photo: Bridget Brink, US Ambassador to Ukraine (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

US authorities, including President Joe Biden, are trying to speed up approval of new funding to help Ukraine. But there is no "plan B" in case Congress refuses to support the initiative, says US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink.

"No, we don't have a 'plan B' because we are focused one hundred percent on 'plan A'. Congress supports the president's request and the president signs a supplemental request for Ukraine," Brink said.

According to the ambassador, it is up to Congress how quickly the US will be able to resume aid to Ukraine.

Brink also noted that she had spoken twice with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson. According to her, "he is supportive of Ukraine" and understands how important that Russia loses this war.

"I can't tell you yet the time. But I can tell you that - from the president and to all of us working for the president - we are very hard pushing for moving this as quickly as possible. My message has been: there is no time to lose, there is not a day, not an hour, not a second to lose. People are dying here every day," the diplomat added.

The ambassador emphasized that it is up to Congress "to dictate the pace."

US aid to Ukraine

The USA has been unable to approve new funding for assistance to Ukraine for several months. This is due to differences between Republicans and Democrats.

The US Senate recently passed a bill that includes over $60 billion in aid to Ukraine. But in order for the document to enter into force, it must be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by President Joe Biden.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, has so far refused to bring up a bill on aid to Ukraine. He wants the money for our country to be tied to the issue of border security.

Moreover, the House of Representatives has recently started recess, which makes it impossible to approve the bill until it is back to work.