The results of the vote in the US Senate were expected. The fact that the Senate did not support the termination of the debate on the draft law on the international aid package does not preclude the possibility of reintroducing it for a vote in the near future.

This was announced by Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova on Facebook.

"As we predicted, the Senate did not support the termination of the debate on the draft law on the international aid package. Today, 51 senators (49 Republicans, 1 independent (Sanders) and 1 Democrat (Democratic leader Schumer, who voted last when the result was clear) voted against ending the debate on the international aid package bill unveiled the day before, which included Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and states in the Indo-Pacific region.

Markarova noted that this does not deprive the possibility of re-introducing the draft law in the near future.

She also stressed that Ukrainian diplomats continue to work actively and hope that even before Christmas, the congress will support an agreed package, which will include defense, budget, humanitarian and energy assistance for Ukraine for 2024.

Recall:

On December 6, a bill providing for the allocation of funds for security assistance to Ukraine was blocked in the US Senate. The reason for the blocking of the law was the position of representatives of the Republican Party, who insist on stricter measures to control immigration on the US border with Mexico.

A $111 billion package of emergency additional measures, which was submitted at the request of US President Joe Biden.

US President Joe Biden commented on the refusal of representatives of the Republican Party to vote for a bill that includes aid to Ukraine.

"This is political blackmail in its purest form. The stakes are too high, and the consequences are too significant for political balancing on the brink of war," the US president said.