"Discussions continue": Kirby on whether there will be a new aid package for Ukraine by the end of the year

Kirby makes statement on military aid to Kyiv
Kirby makes statement on military aid to Kyiv

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden does not rule out the possibility that a new aid assistance package could be delivered to Ukraine by the end of 2023. There are also active discussions about the President's request for $106 billion for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

This was stated by John Kirby, Strategic Communications Coordinator for the White House National Security Council, at a briefing on Monday, December 11. He noted that the US President is holding urgent talks to find a compromise to approve his request.

Kirby also answered whether Biden would announce a new arms package for Ukraine.

"I don't want to get ahead of the president, but we don't have many weeks left this year to be able to provide security assistance. I would expect that we will announce additional security assistance by the end of the month," the White House official emphasized.

Kirby confirmed that Biden will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on December 12. He will provide the US president with an update on the situation on the battlefield.

Biden will assure his counterpart that Washington will continue to support Kyiv in the face of intensified Russian missile and drone attacks.

"Tomorrow you will hear more from the president in this context. But he will continue to explain why additional funding for Ukraine and Israel is important to our own national security interests at this time," Kirby said.

Biden will also tell Zelensky that the White House continues to advocate for the approval of the presidential request, after which Kyiv may receive $61 billion.

As a reminder, upon his arrival in Washington, Zelensky said that Russia's real goal is not so much to seize sovereign Ukraine but to destroy democracy and stability throughout the free world. The war that dictator Putin has unleashed in our country is just a step on the way to achieving his barbaric plans.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, the day before, US Secretary of State Blinken said that Russia must be stopped in Ukraine to prevent its aggression from spreading to other countries. He believes that the Russian army could attack NATO member states.

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