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President Joe Biden requested approval of funds for Ukraine and Israel in a very solemn speech from the White House in Washington on December 6, 2023.

Agence France-Presse

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The US Congress failed on Wednesday to move forward on a large envelope of more than $106 billion insisted on by President Biden, including funds for the Ukraine and Israel.

The Republican opposition refused to support this text at the heart of very acrimonious negotiations, demanding significant concessions on the migration policy of the United States in exchange for its votes.

This failure is a disappointment for Joe Biden, who had urged the approval of these funds a few hours earlier during a very solemn speech.

Their blocking would be the greatest gift offered to Russian President Vladimir Putin, he warned, affirming that the master of the Kremlin, if he managed to seize Ukraine, would not ;will not stop there.

The Democrat clearly raised the hypothesis of a Russian attack against a member country of the #x27;NATO, which would trigger the United States entering the war and therefore American soldiers fighting Russian soldiers. A situation which does not currently exist and which Washington does not want, he insisted.

Middle East, the eternal conflict

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The United States is currently the country providing the most support military in kyiv. Congress has committed more than $110 billion since the Russian invasion in February 2022.

But Democratic President Joe Biden's promise to continue financial support to Ukraine is seriously in jeopardy, a disaster scenario for Kiev, whose counter-offensive in the summer did not bring any gains. territorial hopes.

Ukrainian officials insist that they need more weapons to prevent Russian strikes from plunging millions of people into darkness this winter, like last year.

But conservative elected officials, although many still support Ukraine in public, condition this aid on a clear tightening of migration policy in the face of arrivals of migrants at the border with Ukraine. Mexico.

The Democratic president also said he was ready on Wednesday to make significant compromises on this point, in order to obtain support from both chambers on Capitol Hill.

Negotiations continue.

While waiting for them to conclude, Washington announced new military aid to Kiev on Wednesday, of a limited amount of $175 million drawn from the executive's reserves. The detail includes air defense equipment, missiles and artillery ammunition.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – who was scheduled to address members of Congress by videoconference on Tuesday, but canceled his speech at the last minute – finally intervened of a teleconference between the leaders of the G7 countries.

Vladimir Putin is counting on the collapse of Western support for Ukraine, he said, admitting that the Russian army had significantly increased pressure on the front.

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Russia only hopes for one thing: that the unity of free world collapses next year. Russia believes that America and Europe will show weakness and will not maintain their support for Ukraine at the appropriate level.

A quote from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Anticipating the risk of fatigue from the great American ally, President Zelensky went to Washington in person in September, meeting Joe Biden, but also elected representatives of Congress with whom he had long discussions.

His visit did not, however, had the desired effect: mired in a series of internal crises that led to the dismissal of the previous head of the Lower House, Congress ultimately failed to approve new funds for its offensive.

Unlike most of his Democratic peers, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, voted against the envelope submitted to the vote on Wednesday, expressing serious concerns about sending funds to the far-right government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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