Ukraine will have bipartisan US support until war ends, White House says

19 October 2022, 09:11 PM
John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

John Kirby (Photo:REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress will remain untied in bipartisan support of Ukraine until the conclusion of the war, White House national security spokesman John Kirby told CBS on Oct. 19.

Republican House of Representatives leader Kevin McCarthy earlier said his party is likely to reduce U.S. aid to Ukraine, should they win the upcoming midterm elections in the United States.

Commenting on McCarthy’s remark, Kirby noted that both parties have so far remained united on the issue of U.S. military and financial assistance to Ukraine.

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“I think everybody realizes what's at stake here, which is more than just, you know, the town of Kherson or Kharkiv,” said Kirby.

“It's really about this idea of sovereignty. And it's really about what the security environment in Europe is going to look like going forward.”

He added that U.S. President Joe Biden will continue to work “hand-in-hand with the U.S. Congress going forward,” when it comes to further financial assistance to embattled Ukraine.

Kirby said he’s convinced that both the Democrats and Republicans will be prepared to support Ukraine throughout the war.

“This is about bipartisan support in Congress to continue to make sure that Ukraine can defend itself and it can stand up for its sovereignty,” the official said.

“Because that's really what's at stake here, aside of course from the literally hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian lives that have been affected by this war.”

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