Zelenskyy fears political change in US could jeopardize aid to Ukraine

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The United States may start taking longer to disburse aid to Ukraine if the Republican Party wins the majority in Congress next week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Spanish newspaper El Pais on Friday.

The Democrat-dominated United States gov-ernment is currently Kiev’s main military and eco-nomic supporter, while the rise of the Republicans could “slow down” the decision making process, specifically that related to Ukraine, Zelenskyy told the newspaper.

“I do not see any risks in terms of support of Ukraine by US society. We will respect their choice, but I think they will also respect their own citizens’ choice in favor of Ukraine, in favor of the struggle for democracy, freedom, international and humani-tarian law,” he said.

Zelenskyy said he had similar fears and was bracing for estrangement when governments changed in the United Kingdom and in Spain, adding that these fears did not materialize.

In mid-October, US President Joe Biden ex-pressed concern that the Republicans could jeopard-ize future aid for Ukraine after current House Mi-nority Leader Kevin McCarthy vowed to cease writ-ing blank checks to Kiev if the Republicans get the majority in the lower chamber of Congress after the upcoming midterm elections.

On November 8, midterm elections to both houses of the US Congress will be held in the United States. Americans will have to re-elect the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate.—AP

 

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