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Ex-US, NATO Officials Call on Congress to Pass New Ukraine Aid

December 19, 2023

Jonathan Landay


The U.S. Capitol building is seen in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz Acquire Licensing Rights

By Jonathan Landay, Reuters / December 18, 2023

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - More than 40 former top U.S. and NATO diplomats and defense officials on Monday urged Congress to approve new aid for Ukraine, warning that losing its war with Russia would be disastrous for Ukraine and threaten the security of the United States and its allies.


The former officials - members of an informal network dedicated to bolstering the NATO military alliance and European security called the Alphen Group - issued their call in an open letter to Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives.


Senate Republicans earlier this month blocked an emergency spending bill containing $50 billion in new Ukraine aid, demanding tougher steps to control immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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