Hong Kong media: Changes in the internal political situation of the United States and the United Kingdom may affect military aid to Ukraine

Reference News Network reported on October 29. According to the Hong Kong Asia Times website reported on October 26, at a time when Kiev regained the combat initiative in the war, political developments in Ukraine’s two most important arms suppliers may seriously block its arms supply. pipeline.

In the UK, the new prime minister, Rishi Sunak, whose expertise is in economics, not geostrategic, has pledged to rein in public spending.

In the United States, President Biden is likely to lose control of the House of Representatives and even the Senate in the Nov. 8 midterm elections, with opposition Republicans vowing to cut U.S. arms shipments to Ukraine.

Ukrainian soldiers launch an offensive with U.S.-supplied M-777 howitzers in eastern Donetsk on October 23. (Associated Press)

Given the importance of both countries in helping Zelensky’s government, they could both have serious implications for Kyiv’s ability to fight, the report said. The United States and the United Kingdom are Kyiv’s first and second largest arms suppliers, respectively, and the first and third largest suppliers of financial and humanitarian aid.

The report said that it would be beneficial for Putin if the US and UK arms shipments slowed down significantly.

According to the report, the Kiel Institute for World Economics in Germany tracks arms shipments to Ukraine from multiple countries. The United States has pledged the largest amount of military aid between January 24 and October 3, 2022, at 27 billion euros, followed by the UK with 3.74 billion euros, according to the institute.