possibility of suspension of US aid to kyiv raises concerns

Ukrainian troops may soon run out of ammunition and equipment. In the United States, the provisional budget of the federal administration adopted on Saturday September 30 does not include an envelope for kyiv. Trumpist elected officials, who are putting all their weight behind the current budget negotiations, have in fact managed to get Congress to adopt a text in which this aid does not appear. Since the start of the conflict in February 2022, the United States has promised more than $43 billion in military aid to Ukraine, more than half of the total support provided by the West. If this aid were to be suspended, “it would be devastating for Ukrainians”, warns Mark Cancian, an advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington. Follow our live stream.

Japan embarrassed by the visit of one of its senators to Russia. A pro-Russian Japanese senator visited Moscow, a first since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The visit took the Japanese government by surprise, which criticized this personal initiative on Tuesday. “The government was not informed by Mr Suzuki of his visit to Russia”, said Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno. Tokyo has strongly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine from the start and has adopted sanctions against Moscow, like its Western allies.

European ministers in kyiv. European Union foreign ministers met in kyiv on Monday for a “historic meeting” aiming to trace the lines of a “sustainable support” to Ukraine, which aims to join the EU. Faced with a slow Ukrainian counter-offensive and fears of a decline in Western support for Ukraine, it is also a question of showing Russia that it “must not count” on the “weariness” of the European Union, explained French Minister Catherine Colonna.

kyiv places orders with French manufacturers. Several French firms have concluded contracts to supply weapons to Ukraine, including six additional Caesar cannons, during the defense industries forum organized in Kiev last week, we learned on Monday.

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