The White House “quietly” approved an additional $ 200 million military aid package for Ukraine in December, CNN and Politico reported on Tuesday. The president was supposed to use a special legal trick to bypass the procedures.
According to Politico, Biden used a rule that authorizes the president to request the Pentagon through the State Department to hand over US-held equipment to a country in distress. According to CNN, a new tranche of aid was approved in December. A source in Congress told PAP that the parliament was officially notified before the end of last year, but the administration tried not to disseminate it widely, unlike previous packages.
Politico writes that the kit includes, among others radar system and naval equipment, but it is not known when it will be delivered.
“Considering that US intelligence has consistently suggested that Russia can launch a full-scale invasion with its full force, this aid would allow Ukraine to inflict additional damage on Russia, but would not significantly change the outcome of the war,” Politico said, one of the advisers to the president of Ukraine .
According to the State Department, the US sent $ 450 million worth of arms and military equipment to Ukraine last year, and more than $ 2.5 billion since the invasions of Crimea and Donbass.
From Washington, Oskar Górzyński (PAP)
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