The White House has put on hold a military aid package to Ukraine. The aid was originally given in response to massive Russian troop buildups along Ukraine’s border this spring.

Politico, citing “four people familiar with internal deliberations,” reported that the military aid, which contained small arms, anti-tank missiles, as well as short-range air defense systems, was put on hold by the National Security Council after the Russian military began to pull some of its troops back from the border. The aid was worth about $100 million. 

The Administration Rejects That It Is Withholding Aid From Ukraine

However, in a statement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki slammed the Politico report.

“The idea that we have held back security assistance to Ukraine is nonsense,” Psaki said. 

“Just last week — in the run-up to the US-Russia Summit — we provided a $150 million package of security assistance, including lethal assistance. We have now provided the entire amount appropriated by Congress through the Ukraine security assistance initiative.”

Ukraine President Zelensky visits the front-line troops as the Russians massed troops on their border. (Ukraine government photo)

Psaki added that the administration has also prepared contingency funds and packages that will be activated should the Russians commit further aggressions and cross what is perceived as a red line. 

“We have also prepared contingency funds in the event of a further Russian incursion into Ukraine. As President Biden told President Putin directly, we will stand unwavering in support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Psaki also cited President Biden’s statement from prior to his meeting with Putin that the U.S. “will do all that we can to put Ukraine in the position to be able to continue to resist Russian physical aggression.”