Zelensky was to address US senators. He suddenly canceled his speech

An online address to the US Senate scheduled for Tuesday was canceled at the last minute by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

– Zelensky couldn’t come, something happened at the last minute – said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The conversation that the Ukrainian leader would have with US senators was supposed to be an opportunity to break the impasse with money to support Ukraine. Zelensky was scheduled to appear at a private meeting calling for action to maintain U.S. financial support for Kiev.

According to Chuck Schumer, President Joe Biden’s administration should have asked him to address senators so that “they could hear directly from him what is at stake.”

Schumer did not explain why Zelensky did not show up. He said the Ukrainian president resigned “at the last minute,” without giving details.

The situation was commented on Fox News by Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov. – This is war. The situation is changing. I think President Zelensky will do it the next time it is possible, he said.

“Insanity”. Biden blunt about cutting financial aid to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden called the prospect of possibly withholding aid to Ukraine, which is resisting Russian aggression, an absolute mistake. – The lack of support for Ukraine is complete madness – he said, quoted by The New York Times.

The US leader also emphasized that refusing support to Ukraine is against the interests of the United States and promised that his government would secure the allocation of funds to Kiev.

At the same time, US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen stated that the situation regarding the financing of Ukraine is very difficult. – We may be responsible for Ukraine’s failure if we do not provide Ukraine with these resources, she said. She explained that “Ukraine simply has run out of money.”

US: Ultimatum for Biden on Ukraine

In the United States there is still discussion about financial aid to Kiev. The Speaker of the House of Representatives has set the condition under which Republicans will allow President Joe Biden to help Ukraine. In a December 5 letter to Shalanda Young, director of the White House Office of Management and Finance, Mike Johnson warned that he would not support further military aid to Ukraine unless the Biden administration agreed to improve security at the border with Mexico to reinforce.

Let’s not forget that President Joe Biden’s administration asked Congress in October to allocate $106 billion in aid to Ukraine and Israel and to ensure the security of the southern U.S. border, which is under pressure from African and Asian migrants. to increase. Most of the package would be spent on aid to Ukraine.

Johnson did not mention specific demands in the letter, but referred to the Border Security Act, which calls for rebuilding the border wall, one of Donald Trump’s key campaign promises. So far, Democratic members of Congress and the Biden administration have opposed it.

“Additional funding for Ukraine is contingent on the adoption of transformative changes to our country’s border security regulations. (…) We are ready and willing to cooperate with the government [Bidena – przyp. red.] on a credible package of border security measures that will protect the interests of the American people,” Johnson said in a statement.

Source: Do Rzeczy