The recent political signals emanating from Washington have raised concerns within Ukrainian authorities, as pointed out by retired U.S. Colonel Jan Gentile in a conversation with Newsweek.
Concerns from Washington
Gentile emphasized the significance of American support for Ukraine, stating, “If the Americans can’t be at the forefront of aid, then the further course of the conflict does not look good for Ukraine.”
U.S. Election Impact
Retired German General Helmut Ganser weighed in on the situation, noting that the ongoing U.S. election race could potentially lead to a reduction in the level of assistance provided to Ukraine.
Ganser elaborated, saying, “Biden will have to weigh the benefits and balance between two conflicting goals: winning the election and maintaining a high level of support for Ukraine.”
Public Opinion Matters
Ganser further emphasized that the U.S. election campaign could already be influencing the Biden administration’s policy towards Ukraine, particularly if there’s public opposition to substantial support.
Over the weekend, the U.S. Congress passed an interim budget to fund the government for the next month and a half. One of the stipulations for its approval was the exclusion of allocations intended to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Commitment from President Biden
In contrast to these developments, President Joe Biden affirmed that Washington would persist in supporting Kyiv, even in the face of resistance from certain Republican congressmen.
The evolving situation in Washington holds significant implications for Ukraine’s future and the extent of assistance it can expect from the United States. The interplay between American politics and international affairs remains a dynamic and evolving landscape.