US Congress blocks aid to Ukraine and Israel due to immigration dispute


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The rejection deals a blow to Democratic President Joe Biden, who requested the approval of these 106 billion funds hours before in a solemn speech

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The national flags of Ukraine and the United States at the Pentagon.ROBERTO SCHMIDT | AFP
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This Wednesday, the United States Congress blocked a $106 billion package with funds for Ukraine and Israel due to opposition from Republicans, who demanded reforms to stop the entry of migrants in exchange for a favorable vote.

This rejection deals a blow to Democratic President Joe Biden, who requested the approval of these funds hours before in a solemn speech.

“This can’t wait,” he said.

“Frankly I think it’s surprising that we’ve gotten to this point, in the what Republicans in Congress are willing to do to Putin “The greatest gift you could ever hope for.”Biden added.

The president warned that if Putin, who ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, defeats his pro-Western neighbor “it won’t stop there.”

“Moving forward, he has made it quite clear,” and if Russia attacks a member of the Atlantic Alliance “then we will have something that we did not seek, and that we do not have today: American troops fighting Russian troops,” he said.

The United States is the country that provides the most military support to kyiv, with more than 110 billion dollars since the Russian invasion.

But Democratic President Joe Biden’s promise to continue financial support for Ukraine is in jeopardy, a catastrophic scenario for kyiv, whose counteroffensive falters.

“Concessions”

The Ukrainians insist they need more weapons.

But conservative congressmen, who still publicly support Ukraine, condition this aid on a clear tightening of immigration policy in the face of migrant arrivals across the border with Mexico.

Biden said before the vote that he would be willing to make “significant concessions” to Republicans.

Negotiations continue.

Waiting for them to bear fruit, Washington announced this Wednesday new military aid to kyiv for 175 million dollars from the Executive’s coffers. They will be destined for air defense equipment, missiles and artillery ammunition.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky canceled a videoconference speech to members of the US Congress at the last minute on Tuesday, but this Wednesday he spoke with the leaders of the G-7 countries.

Putin is counting on the “collapse” of Western support for Ukraine, he told them, acknowledging that the Russian army has “significantly increased pressure” on the front.

“Russia hopes only one thing: that the unity of the free world will collapse next year. Russia believes that the United States and Europe will show weakness and will not maintain their support for Ukraine at the appropriate level,” said the Ukrainian president.

Anticipating a risk of boredom, Zelensky traveled to Washington in September, where he met with Joe Biden and spoke with congressmen.

His visit, however, did not have the desired effect. Mired in internal crises that led to the dismissal of the previous leader of the Lower House, Congress finally did not validate new funds for its offensive.

Unlike most Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, voted against the package up for a vote Wednesday over “deep concerns” about sending funds to the “far-right government” of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. .

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