Pentagon: If Congress does not pass the Ukrainian aid bill by the 19th, it will have to suspend the delivery of weapons to Ukraine


2022-05-14: [Article Link “The U.S. may have to suspend the delivery of weapons to Ukraine”, as reported by the U.S. Department of Defense spokesman, John Kirby, on this occasion, said that if Congress did not pass a bill providing about $40 billion in additional assistance to Ukraine by 19 May, it would affect the ability of the U.S. to “continuously provide military assistance to Ukraine”. “In the absence of additional authorization, 19 May will be the day when we truly begin to be unable to deliver (to Ukraine) new supplies...” Kobi said on 13 May, “it will begin to affect our ability to provide uninterrupted assistance by 19 May”. However, Kobi also mentioned that, without new funding, arms shipments to Kiev would not cease immediately on 20 May, as the Pentagon still has a spending authorization of some $100 million to provide assistance to Ukraine and, as a result, some supplies are still being procured. He added, however, that if new funds were approved for an extension, the Pentagon would be faced with “doing nothing for a period of time” because of “loss of access to new materials”. According to the report, Kirby requested the Congress to provide new funds to Ukraine by the third week of May, “We continue to urge the Senate to act as soon as possible so that we do not have any additional authorization to use until the end of May”. On the 10th of local time, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill to provide some $40 billion in additional assistance to Ukraine. But the plan was delayed, and could not be adopted at least next week, as Republican Senator Rombert of Parliament, Rand Paul, took the lead in preventing rapid votes for its approval.


Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.



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Pentagon: If Congress does not pass the Ukrainian aid bill by the 19th, it will have to suspend the delivery of weapons to Ukraine


2022-05-14: [Article Link “The U.S. may have to suspend the delivery of weapons to Ukraine”, as reported by the U.S. Department of Defense spokesman, John Kirby, on this occasion, said that if Congress did not pass a bill providing about $40 billion in additional assistance to Ukraine by 19 May, it would affect the ability of the U.S. to “continuously provide military assistance to Ukraine”. “In the absence of additional authorization, 19 May will be the day when we truly begin to be unable to deliver (to Ukraine) new supplies...” Kobi said on 13 May, “it will begin to affect our ability to provide uninterrupted assistance by 19 May”. However, Kobi also mentioned that, without new funding, arms shipments to Kiev would not cease immediately on 20 May, as the Pentagon still has a spending authorization of some $100 million to provide assistance to Ukraine and, as a result, some supplies are still being procured. He added, however, that if new funds were approved for an extension, the Pentagon would be faced with “doing nothing for a period of time” because of “loss of access to new materials”. According to the report, Kirby requested the Congress to provide new funds to Ukraine by the third week of May, “We continue to urge the Senate to act as soon as possible so that we do not have any additional authorization to use until the end of May”. On the 10th of local time, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill to provide some $40 billion in additional assistance to Ukraine. But the plan was delayed, and could not be adopted at least next week, as Republican Senator Rombert of Parliament, Rand Paul, took the lead in preventing rapid votes for its approval.

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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