White House says it will allocate new aid packages to Ukraine in coming weeks and months
US authorities will allocate a number of new aid packages to Ukraine in the “coming weeks and months”, White House spokesman John Kirby said.
“We’ve been keeping pace with the Ukrainians for months now, making sure they have everything they need if and when they want to launch a counteroffensive… I have every confidence that you will see additional aid packages in the coming weeks and months,” Kirby told CNN.
Earlier on Thursday, the media, citing several US government sources, reported that the US intends to announce a new aid package for Ukraine worth around $300 million in the coming days. Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said that the US, together with its allies, has provided or intends to provide Ukraine with a combined $65 billion in military aid.
Russia sent a note to NATO member states over arms supplies to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted that any cargo containing arms for Ukraine would be a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. The Kremlin said that pumping weapons into Ukraine from the West did not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian talks and would have a negative effect. Lavrov also said that the US and NATO were directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “including not only by supplying weapons, but also by training personnel… on the territory of the UK, Germany, Italy and other countries”.
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