The US Senate has approved $ 40 billion in aid to Ukraine

The US Senate has approved the allocation of military-economic aid to Ukraine for 40 billion dollars, the agencies reported.

Senators passed the aid bill by a large majority of 86 to 11, three weeks after President Joe Biden demanded a smaller $ 33 billion and after last week’s adoption was blocked by a single vote. an opponent of the Republican Party. Today, all senators from the Democratic Party and almost all from the Republican Party voted in favor of the aid. The votes against came from 11 Republicans – many of whom support the isolationist agenda of former President Donald Trump.

“The help is coming. This is a really important help. One that can guarantee that the Ukrainians will win,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat.

For his part, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of the Republican Party, who is also a staunch supporter of the measure, responded to his party’s concerns and said Ukraine’s defeat would threaten America’s trading partners in Europe and boost the US spending to maintain security there and will encourage autocrats in China and elsewhere to seize territory in their regions.

The bill is now going to be signed by President Biden, which is considered a formality and is expected to take place as soon as possible. In Washington, they wanted it adopted as soon as possible so that the flow of military aid to Kyiv could not stop nearly three months after the start of the Russian invasion.

Last week, the bill on aid to Ukraine was approved by the US House of Representatives with 368 votes to 57 against.

A senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the US Senate. “We are confidently and strategically moving towards victory. We thank our allies,” Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andriy Ermak, said in a statement a few minutes after the Senate vote.

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