US should provide aid to Ukraine via interest-free loan — Senator Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Lindsey Graham

The United States should extend further military assistance to Ukraine funded through an interest-free loan, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said during a visit to Kyiv on March 18, adding that he’s confident that the U.S. Congress will consider the issue soon.

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“My message is very simple: America wants to help, but we have our own issues at home that we need to get to,” the senator said.

Graham added that he expects Washington to find a way to resolve both the domestic border issue and support for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

“The first ten minutes I spoke with the president of Ukraine [Volodymyr Zelenskyy] about the Middle East; he was a bit perplexed,” Graham told reporters about his meeting with Zelenskyy.

“I wanted to try to explain to him that you are fighting for your life just as Israel is.”

Graham said that Ukraine is a "very blessed nation" with "intelligent, energetic, and creative people," with natural resources it can leverage for economic growth.

“You have many critically important mineral resources: you have [natural] gas, you have one of the largest gas fields in Europe,” he continues.

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“The Russians have occupied some of your gas fields. My goal is not only to liberate your country from the Russians but also to enable you to use the resources God gave you.”

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The senator noted that there are $380 billion in frozen Russian assets in the West, which should be seized and used to support Ukraine.

“Therefore, I told the president that I am for assisting Ukraine, but we must do it in the form of an interest-free loan that can be renegotiated if needed,” Graham said.

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“This will be a new way of doing business. I think it will get more public support at home [in the United States]. When I go back home and talk about Israel, people understand. When I talk about Ukraine, they understand, but they also want to know about us, our nation, our ability to help ourselves and our allies.”

“So, I think President Trump's idea of turning aid into an interest-free loan that can be forgiven makes a lot of sense. And I hope that an aid package will come out of the House of Representatives in the next few days, not weeks.”

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