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The leader of the majority in the Senate Chuck Schumer speaks with Senator Jack Reed.

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No new American funds for Ukraine in 2023: the leaders of the United States Senate noted on Tuesday that Congress would end the year without validating the envelope of 61 billion dollars requested with insistence by Kiev and the White House.

Republican and Democratic negotiators failed to reach an agreement, despite repeated pressure from US President Joe Biden and calls from his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

Senate leaders, Democrat Chuck Schumer and Republican Mitch McConnell, have said they hope to be able to vote on this aid early next year.

This is one more disappointment for the Ukrainian president, in a year marked by the disappointed hope of a major counter-offensive, the increased pressure from Russia on the front and the failure of the release of aid of 50 billion euros by the European Union.

And the White House has already warned that it would run out of resources for Ukraine by the end of the year.

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Volodymyr Zelensky came to Washington in person – his third trip to the American capital in a year – in mid-December to try to increase the pressure. The United States will not betray Ukraine, he hoped during a press conference on Tuesday.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives at the Capitol on Tuesday accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. (File photo)

It's also a severe snub for Joe Biden, who has supported Ukraine and of the strengthening of the Atlantic alliance two major markers of its foreign policy.

To illustrate this commitment, the Democratic leader, candidate for re-election in 2024, even went to Kiev in February – the first trip by an American president to a territory at war not controlled by the United States. .

But almost two years after the start of a war that is getting bogged down – and more than 110 billion dollars already released by Congress – the question of the continuity of this support, for as long as necessary, for Ukraine, is being asked with increasing insistence.

Republicans in particular began to find the bill too high. And they had conditioned their support for this new package on a drastic tightening of American migration policy. Negotiations on this explosive issue, however, did not come to fruition in time.

Aware that the sense of emergency has faded in Washington since the start of the war in 2022, President Biden asked Congress to couple his request for aid for Ukraine with another of around 14 billion for Israel, an ally of the United States in the war against Hamas. For the moment, in vain.

Since the start of the conflict, the Kremlin has been counting on the running out of aid Western, and any hesitation from Kiev's allies reinforces Russia's belief that its bet will be a winner.

The failure of Congress to pass this envelope does not necessarily mean the end of United States support for Kiev.

American parliamentarians are their return to school on January 8, and the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate have only stated their intention to validate this envelope, which includes a military, humanitarian and macro-economic component.

It is in the House of Representatives, which must also approve these funds, that things get complicated.

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At war for almost two years, Ukraine must face the weariness of its troops and the weariness of its allies. In this photo, a Ukrainian soldier in position on the front line. (Archive photo)

Its new president, Republican Mike Johnson, is not opposed, in principle, to extending the x27;American assistance, but claims that it is not sufficiently supervised

What the Biden administration seems to want is billions of additional dollars without adequate supervision, without any real strategy for victory, he asserted after his interview with Volodymyr Zelensky in mid-December.

The conservative speaker must also deal with the hard right of his party, parliamentarians who no longer want to send a single cent to Ukraine.

These elected officials, close to former President Donald Trump, dismissed the last speaker only a few months ago, accusing him, among other things, of having reached a secret agreement on Ukraine with the Democrats.

During his press conference on Tuesday, Volodymyr Zelensky said: elsewhere warned that a return of Donald Trump to the White House could have a strong impact on the war in Ukraine.

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