US President Joe Biden may veto the US budget bill if it does not provide funds to help Ukraine.
This was stated by John Kirby, Strategic Communications Coordinator for the White House National Security Council, during a briefing.
When asked whether the head of the White House is ready to veto the law lobbied by Republicans in the House of Representatives if it does not provide assistance to Ukraine, Kirby did not answer directly.
– I think we've made it very clear how deeply troubling the House Republican bill is and how it doesn't meet our national security needs, – Kirby said.
He added that Biden, as “commander-in-chief and president, would never do anything that does not meet our key national security needs.
Earlier today in the US Congress, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin tried to assure lawmakers that assistance to Ukraine should not be stopped.
They promoted among congressmen the need to agree on the previously announced request of US President Joe Biden for more than $105 billion in aid, which includes $61.4 billion in aid to Ukraine and $14.3 billion in aid to Israel.
At the same time, Republicans in the House of Representatives believe that this aid should be considered separately from support for Israel, and, in particular, the financial component of aid to Ukraine can be reviewed by American lawmakers;