Peskov said US aid to Ukraine won’t affect the situation on the battlefield

(18 Apr 2024)
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Moscow, Russia – 17 March 2023
1. STILL of Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov ++OVERLAYS AUDIO IN SHOT 2/3++

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Moscow, Russia – 18 April 2024
2. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Peskov, Russian presidential spokesperson:
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"In any case, under any modes of providing this assistance, de facto, we are talking about provoking Ukraine into further hostilities until the last Ukrainian, ensuring guaranteed profits for the United States."
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3. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Peskov, Russian presidential spokesperson:
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"This isn’t in any way capable of influencing the development of the situation on the front. All specialists and near specialists are now stating with the naked eye that the situation at the front is far from favorable for the Ukrainian side. Therefore, nothing can change this."
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STORYLINE:
A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that U.S. aid to Ukraine "isn’t in any way capable of influencing the situation" on the battlefield, which is "far from favorable for the Ukrainian side."

In his daily conference call with reporters, Dmitry Peskov stressed that "nothing can change this" and added that "in any case, under any modes of providing this assistance, de facto, we are talking about provoking Ukraine into further hostilities until the last Ukrainian, ensuring guaranteed profits for the United States."

After agonizing for days over how to proceed on the package, Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson pushed ahead on a plan to hold votes on three funding packages — to provide about $61 billion for Ukraine, $26 billion for Israel and $8 billion to allies in the Indo-Pacific — as well as several other foreign policy proposals in a fourth bill.

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee said that more than a third of the aid to Ukraine would be dedicated to replenishing weapons and ammunition systems for the U.S. military.

The overall amount of money provided to Ukraine for the purchase of weapons from the U.S. is roughly the same in the House and Senate bills — $13.8 billion.

The main difference between the two packages is that the House bill provides more than $9 billion in economic assistance to Ukraine in the form of “forgivable loans.”

The Senate bill included no such provision seeking repayment.

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