US and world leaders pledge support for Ukraine ‘for as long as it takes’ | ET REALITY


President Biden has told his counterparts in several allied countries that he remains confident that Congress will approve military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine “for as long as it takes,” despite opposition from some Republicans who blocked the funding during the weekend, said a national government. the security spokesman said Tuesday.

In a phone call Tuesday morning, Biden spoke with the prime ministers of Canada, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, and the presidents of Poland and Romania. The Chancellor of Germany and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France also joined the call, along with the leaders of the European Commission, the European Council and NATO.

John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said earlier in the afternoon that Biden had told leaders that “under no circumstances can we allow US support for Ukraine to be discontinued. “Time is not our friend.” Kirby said Biden made clear that he did not expect any interruption in US aid to Ukraine, even though Congress passed a 45-day stopgap funding bill over the weekend that did not include any new aid to the country. .

“The president certainly spoke to leaders about the vote over the weekend and expressed exactly the same things to them that I expressed to you,” Kirby said. “I am confident that we will continue to have bipartisan and bicameral support on Capitol Hill.”

The call with foreign leaders was an attempt by Biden to ease concerns that U.S. support for Ukraine was flagging following passage of the short-term spending bill.

Biden, his top advisers and congressional Democrats and Republicans have said they are confident more financial commitments will be agreed upon in a final spending bill. But the failure to include more aid for Ukraine in the bill passed by the House and Senate highlighted the diminished willingness of some Republicans to fund Kiev’s war effort.

A readout of the call from British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said Sunak had “thanked President Biden for convening the call and for his and the United States’ leadership in supporting Ukraine.” A summary of the call from German officials said the talks “focused on the firm conviction of all participants to support Ukraine.”

The White House provided few details about the discussion between the leaders.

Kirby downplayed the current chaotic power struggle among House Republicans on Tuesday. He said the president and other White House officials had spoken with House Republicans at all levels and remained confident there was plenty of support for additional funding for Ukraine.

Kirby said the existing funding would last “a little while,” which he said could be another month or two, depending on what weapons Ukraine needed in its fight against the Russian invasion. But he said the impact on the battlefield would be drastic if the ability to provide weapons was disrupted, even for a day.

“There shouldn’t be any lapse,” he said.

Mark Landler, Christopher Schuetze, Gaia Pianigiani and Monika Pronczuk contributed with reports.

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