The U.S. senators from the Republican and Democratic parties expect that the Congress will adopt the bill on the resumption of the plan on provision of the military aid to Ukraine in the sum of $250 million even if President Donald Trump aims to block it, as Reuters reports.
“If he decides not to spend this money, I truly am fairly confident, that, on a bipartisan basis, Congress will reappropriate it,” Republican Senator Ron Johnson stated.
According to Johnson, the Ukrainian officials raised the issue of the allocation of the military aid during each meeting with the U.S. representatives. During the visit to Ukraine, Johnson and his colleague from Democratic Party Chris Murphy tried to persuade the Ukrainians that the Congress supports their country in counteraction the Russian aggression.
Johnson said he talked to Trump about the aid before his visit. The American president supposes that possibly, the European states not the U.S. should provide the funds to Ukraine because the country is in their “backyard”.
Last month the representatives of Trump’s administration stated that the White House considers the issue whether to send $250 million of aid to Ukraine despite the fact that this issue was approved by the Congress in the law signed by the president.
Earlier U.S. Department of Defense has reconsidered provision of military assistance for Ukraine, deciding to carry on. Thus, Pentagon will assign 250 million dollars for that matter.
As we reported the formal process of approval of the draft defense budget for the next year which provides $250 million for Ukraine kicked off in the U.S. Congress. $50 million of the sum might be spent on provision of lethal arms of defensive nature.