Ukraine doesn’t have a blank check from the U.S., says Biden

10 November 2022, 11:25 AM
U.S. President Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Tom Brenner)

U.S. President Joe Biden (Photo:REUTERS/Tom Brenner)

The United States has not given Ukraine a “blank check”, U.S. President Joe Biden said during a speech following the midterm elections in that country on Nov. 9.

For example, it continues to refuse to supply Ukraine with long-range ammunition for the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher, preventing Ukraine from shelling Russian territory, he added.

"There’s a lot of things that Ukraine wants that we didn't do,” Biden said.

“For example, I was asked very much whether we’d provide American aircraft to guarantee the skies over Ukraine. I said, “No, we’re not going to do that."

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Biden’s words came following statements from members of the opposition Republican Party that they would cut or lessen funding to Ukraine if they gain control of one or both houses of the legislature.

“I think people are gonna be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in an interview with Punchbowl News on Oct. 18.

The U.S. midterm elections began on Nov. 8, with 35 positions contested in the upper house of the legislature, and 435 positions up for election in the lower house. No party has secured a majority as of publication.

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