The US Congress assured that the AFU's successes on the front do not affect Washington's support for Ukraine
Disputes in the US Congress over the adoption of an aid package for Ukraine are related to events within the Republican Party, not to the situation at the front. The number of committed supporters of aid to Kyiv in Congress is more than half.
This was stated by Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle in an interview with Voice of America. He explained that the success of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the battlefield does not affect the decision of Republicans in Congress to vote for an aid package for Ukrainians.
"As for Republican support, it is not about what is happening on the battlefield. It's about what's happening within the party," he said, adding that Democrats generally share the same position.
According to Boyle, Republicans can be divided into three conventional groups.
The first group is committed to the traditional principles of an active foreign policy of the Republican Party and is not afraid to express its position. There are "a little more than half of these Republicans," Boyle estimated.
"Mitch McConnell is a great example of this traditional Republican foreign policy from Eisenhower to Reagan and both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, a national defense America with muscle, proud to be in NATO, proud of the transatlantic alliance, standing up to first Soviet and now Russian aggression," the congressman said.
According to him, the second group is the isolationists, such as Donald Trump supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene, who actively oppose assistance to Ukraine. They are in the absolute minority, but they are the most heard and their influence is growing, Boyle said.
The third group of Republicans shares the same principles as the first but fears that they may be defeated in the next internal party elections because of their support for Ukraine. It is this group that the assistance to Kyiv depends on.
According to Boyle, this group also includes Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson.
"One Republican in the House of Representatives told me about a rather painful meeting with voters - and he's in a very Republican circle - during which he was criticized for supporting Ukraine," the congressman said.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- On December 6, the US Senate did not approve President Joe Biden's request for a single $106 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. It did not receive enough votes.
- Biden called the prospect of refusing to help Ukraine "insane." According to him, such a step is contrary to the interests of the United States, so his administration will continue to seek the allocation of funds, which is currently being blocked at the level of Congress.
- Journalist David Satter, author of books on the collapse of the U.S.S.R. and post-Soviet Russia, warned that Russia would start a new war if the US forced Kyiv to recognize its victory. According to the journalist, the aggressor country has become more dangerous than at the height of the Cold War.
- U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that 90% of investments in Ukraine's defense remained in the United States and were spent on weapons for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.