The American president, Joe Biden, invited his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, to the White House this Sunday to have meeting next Tuesday and underline his Government’s “unwavering commitment” to Kyiv.
“As Russia escalates its missile and drone attacks against Ukraine, the leaders will discuss Ukraine’s urgent needs and the critical importance of continued US support at this critical time,” the spokesman said. White House Karine Jean. Pierre, in a statement.
At the meeting, which will take place when the funds approved by the United States for Ukraine are about to run out, the Biden Government will show its intention to “support the people of Ukraine in their defense against the brutal invasion of Russia, ” he said.
On December 6, Republicans blocked approval in the United States Senate in a budget project of about 105 billion dollars that includes things to support Ukraine and Israel.
In exchange for their votes, the conservative caucus demanded the tightening of US immigration laws, especially the asylum system, and the elimination of a series of humanitarian permits for migrants.
Last November, a budget extension and lawmakers have until February to agree on the fiscal year 2024 budget, which has already begun.
However, the White House warned on Monday that by the end of the year the Government will have no money to support Ukraine and will run out of resources to get more weapons and equipment for kyiv.
With less than a week until the United States Congress resumes its Christmas recess, Zelensky’s visit will be key, therefore, to pressure Congress on the need to act quickly. So far, the United States has provided $111 billion in funding to support Ukraine.
The new project, rejected by the 6th of 49 Republican senators in the Upper House, includes more than 61,000 million in military aid for kyiv and about 14,000 for Israel.
According to the leader of the conservative Senate caucus, Mitch MacConell, his party will not support any budget package if immigration restrictions are not imposed instead.
“As we have said for several weeks, legislative projects that do not include changes that strengthen the security of our borders will not be approved by the Senate,” said the senator on the day of the vote.
For their part, Democrats insist that, for them, it is important to continue supporting Ukraine and Israel. In a speech on the same Wednesday, Biden also explained that he is willing to make concessions on immigration issues in exchange for disbursements.
“I’m ready to make important concessions on the border. We need to fix the border system. It’s not working. And so far I don’t have an answer,” said Biden in a press appearance at the White House.
Among the Republicans’ demands is to change the law that allows a person to seek asylum on US soil, imposing more stringent requirements for those seeking protection, according to US media leaks. part of the negotiations.
Conservatives also called for limiting the use of ‘parole’, a legal figure that allows immigration authorities to allow people to enter the country for humanitarian reasons.