White House said it is prepared to ask Congress for more money to help Ukraine if needed

White House says it won't hesitate to ask Congress for help for Ukraine

The administration of US President Joe Biden has said that it is ready to ask Congress to allocate additional funds to help Ukraine if necessary. The volume of the new White House request for further support for Kyiv is justified by calculations.

This was stated by the coordinator of the US National Security Council John Kirby at a briefing on Friday, August 11, Ukrinform reports. The US official said that it is difficult to predict how long the war started by Russia will last.

He added that it would be irresponsible on Washington's part not to do everything possible to assess Ukraine's needs in the first quarter of the next fiscal year (after September 30, 2023) and submit a corresponding request to Congress.

The administration had asked Congress for more than $20 billion in aid for Ukraine the day before. That amount is based on careful calculations. However, if it proves insufficient, the government will make efforts to secure additional funding.

"We will not hesitate to go to Congress again if we feel we need to do so and ask for more after the first quarter or if we need to make changes to what we have already requested," Kirby added.

Earlier US media wrote that Biden is asking Congress to provide Ukraine with more than $13 billion in emergency defense aid. The White House also asks to allocate an additional $8 billion in humanitarian aid by the end of the year.

As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the United States announced the provision of a new package of military aid to Ukraine for $400 million at the end of July. It included additional ammunition for Patriot, NASAMS and HIMARS systems, as well as 32 Stryker armored personnel carriers.

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