The appeal to the Biden administration was signed by many Republican leaders of the Senate and Congress.
Senior Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives of the US Congress called on Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to use “quickly and decisively” the emergency funds allocated by Congress to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion.
Last week, Congress passed a bill to fund the work of the federal government, providing for the allocation of $ 3 billion to provide additional military assistance to Ukraine – about twice as much as the Joe Biden administration requested.
In a letter sent to the president after he signed the law, Senator Jim Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jim Risch of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Marco Rubio, deputy chairman of the Intelligence Committee, as well as lawmakers Mike Rogers, Michael McCaul and Michael Turner, recommended sending a new emergency financing for the purchase of key weapons and equipment that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are already successfully using – for example, air defense systems Stinger, anti-tank systems Javelin, grenade launchers, small arms and means of secure communication.
“We appeal to the Department of Defense and the Department of State to implement the powers granted by Congress as soon as possible… to provide lethal and non-lethal assistance to Ukraine on the basis of calculated military effectiveness,” the appeal says. “This ensures that the armed forces and security forces of Ukraine will remain armed and continue to successfully try to repel and disrupt Russia’s illegal, unprovoked and unprecedented invasion.”
“Given how the conflict is developing, and in light of the information received after the start of the Russian invasion, we call on the relevant ministries to use emergency funding without delay,” the letter says.