US holds back delivery of $200 mn military aid to Ukraine

11:05, 11 December 2021
US holds back delivery of $200 mn military aid to Ukraine

The administration of US President Joe Biden has postponed the provision of a $200 million military aid package to Ukraine, which had been prepared in advance, NBC reported.

The aid package was expected to be officially announced last week, but the White House decided to postpone the final decision. Washington reportedly prefers to "give more time to diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions” in the situation on the Ukrainian-Russian border and reports of an allegedly impending Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It isn't yet clear what includes the $200 million aid package. Earlier, Ukraine has requested air defense systems, anti-ship missiles, Javelin anti-tank missiles, electronic countermeasures, radar systems, upgraded artillery ammunition, and medical supplies.

Earlier this week, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a conversation that if Russia launched an attack, the US would impose tough sanctions on Moscow and expand military aid supplies to Ukraine.

However, a small part of arms and ammunition from the previously agreed $60 million aid package arrived in Ukraine on Thursday this week. 

On December 7, The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, and US President Joe Biden discussed the situation at Russia’s border with Ukraine where both countries are reinforcing their military might.

Biden said that the option of sending American troops to Ukraine in response to the growing tensions with Russia is “not on the table.”