Global stability at stake if Ukraine aid stops, warns Blinken

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.07 - 2023 9:05 AM CET


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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has issued a stark warning about the consequences of the United States Congress not approving additional aid for Ukraine.

During an event organized by the US Global Leadership Coalition in Washington, Blinken emphasized the critical importance of continued support for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression.

Blinken’s comments highlight the geopolitical stakes at play, stating, "We must ensure that Ukraine continues to succeed. We must ensure that Russia continues to be defeated... If we don't, Putin will be allowed to act with impunity, which will open a Pandora's box of aggression around the world."

The Secretary of State’s remarks underscore the broader implications of the conflict, suggesting that a failure to support Ukraine could embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin and potentially trigger further global instability and aggression.

Adding complexity to the situation, the issue of protecting the United States' southern border has emerged as a significant point of contention between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. This dispute is currently stalling the approval of the White House's additional financial request for assistance to Ukraine.

The Republicans are calling for more stringent measures to curb migration, potentially compromising U.S. humanitarian obligations.

In contrast, the Democrats advocate for a comprehensive overhaul of the migration system. Efforts to negotiate a compromise between the two parties have reportedly failed, with Democratic chief negotiator Senator Chris Murphy indicating that talks broke down due to Republicans' unwavering stance on their demands.

Amidst these domestic political challenges, the Biden administration is attempting to navigate a delicate balance between national security interests abroad and contentious domestic policy issues.