White House Disputes Reports That It Paused Military Aid to Ukraine

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The White House is denying reports that alleged it blocked military aid to Ukraine ahead of a recent summit featuring President Joe Biden and Russia’s president. “The idea that we have held back security assistance to Ukraine is nonsense,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. Reports based on anonymous sources alleged the White House halted the package, which is believed to be worth up to $100 million and include lethal weapons. The move came after Russia began removing some troops from the Russia-Ukraine border. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Washington Post that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “drawdown should not have triggered a drawdown of U.S. support.” Psaki noted that the White House provided a $150 million package to Ukraine, including lethal assistance, before the Biden–Putin summit took place. “We have now provided the entire amount appropriated by Congress …

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