GOP hears Ukraine’s message: We need more than just weapons


GOP hears Ukraine's message: We need more than just weapons

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Tuesday, November 01, 2022
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090


  • Vajdich’s remarks provide an insight into the strategic planning of the Ukrainian leadership as Republicans and Democrats trade jabs ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

  • This demand has strong bipartisan support in Congress.

  • The Biden campaign, however, has rejected that request for several reasons.

  • According to Daniel Fried, a former American ambassador to Poland, officials in the Biden administration aren’t always fans of the Zelenskyy strategy.

  • The lobbyist Vajdich claimed that although Ukraine is happy with the current level of weaponry support, there is always room for improvement.

According to Vajdich, the post-midterm reality would likely present “some different obstacles than previously” for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his advisors. “There is an awareness in Kiev that they’re going to have to work with Republicans to help them understand that support for Ukraine can’t just be about guns,” which entails financing to eliminate Ukraine’s budget deficit and other public services like schools and the energy industry.

It is a message parliamentarians receive from Ukrainian authorities and their envoys in Washington.

Vajdich’s remarks provide an insight into the strategic planning of the Ukrainian leadership as Republicans and Democrats trade jabs ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections. It implies that Kyiv’s leadership anticipates that negotiations over aid with Washington will get more complicated as the two countries’ collaboration grows, compelling American officials to persuade people of the necessity of continuing to support Ukraine following Russia’s invasion in February.

The Ukrainian government acquired significant arms packages, including the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, thanks to widespread bipartisan support in Congress. The Ukrainians, led by Zelenskyy, have frequently gone to American members of Congress to pressure the Biden administration on armament systems, particularly long-range missiles (though the White House has so far refused to supply those missiles and some of the other weapons Ukraine wants).

After House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the likely future House speaker, recently declared that there would be no “blank check” for Kiev if the GOP wins, funding for Ukraine attracted new attention. The remarks appeared to hint at a vocal but small group of populist Republican House members who want to reduce or stop supporting Ukraine in favour of concentrating on home issues. However, McCarthy has since tried to cool the fury he’s sparked.

According to a senior administration official, the Biden campaign wasn’t concerned that support for Ukraine would decline if Republicans took control of one or both chambers of Congress.

The minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has repeatedly stated that the GOP would approve more arms for Ukraine. The individual, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose private administration discussions, added that the administration anticipates a majority of Republican House members will pressure McCarthy to maintain his course.

Any apparent lack of support for Kiev is political poison, as evidenced by the humiliating uproar over a letter from members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Ukraine. Recently, the letter was made public before being swiftly withheld because some saw it as a significant departure from the Biden administration’s strategy.

According to the lawmakers who worked on the letter, it was obsolete because it had been written months earlier and should not have been made public. Republicans seized the chance to claim that they are the party that supports Ukraine the most.

In practice, the administration official contended that it could be slightly more challenging to secure other weaponry and financial support for Ukraine in a Congress controlled by Republicans, but it won’t be impossible.

Some Republicans share that opinion.

Sen. Kevin Cramer finally stated, “If Kevin becomes the House speaker, he’s going to have to govern” (R-N.D.). “And I have a good feeling that he will govern well,” you say.

The Senate Armed Services Committee member continued, “I understand their fear, but I think we can all calm down and not misjudge.”

“Ukraine and the administration will need to explain and justify what is being requested,” said Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb. ), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, “but I believe the far majority of our conference will do what is necessary to guarantee Ukraine succeeds.”

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