(Dan Tri) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted that supporting Ukraine in the war with Russia helps the US economy grow.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Photo: Reuters).

During a meeting with British Secretary of State David Cameron on December 8, Mr. Blinken said 90% of Washington’s budget for security assistance to Ukraine was spent on production activities in the US.

`If you look at the investments we’ve made in Ukraine’s defense in response to Russia’s military campaign, 90% of the security assistance we’ve provided has actually been spent.`

That has created more jobs for Americans, more growth for the US economy.

Commenting on this statement, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on December 8 that Kiev needs to understand that the US has `earned billions of dollars` from the war in Ukraine, while ordinary Ukrainians died.

The US has pledged more than $100 billion in aid to Ukraine, including military equipment, since Russia began its military campaign in February 2022.

Previously, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California: `50 billion USD in the US additional budget request (for aid to Ukraine) will flow through the national industrial base.`

On the other hand, Vice Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev accused that when providing aid to Ukraine, the US hopes to `return huge profits` and not just help Kiev.

The US has not commented on the statements of Russian officials.

Mr. Blinken’s comments came in the context that the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Ms. Shalanda Young, warned on December 4 that the scenario would be if the US does not approve a new aid budget for Ukraine by the end of the year.

`I want to be clear: Without congressional action, by the end of this year, we will run out of resources to buy more weapons and equipment for Ukraine. Disruption to the flow of American weapons and equipment will cause

President Joe Biden in October asked Congress to approve $106 billion in national security funding, which includes assistance for Ukraine.

However, due to tensions within the Republican Party, approval of budgets for Ukraine was stalled when some far-right lawmakers objected to increasing aid to Kiev as the fighting entered its 22nd month.

Ms. Young warned that internal US disagreement in approving the aid budget for Ukraine would not only put Kiev at risk but also increase Russia’s chances of winning.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff of the President of Ukraine, Mr. Andriy Yermak, said that if the US Congress does not approve additional military aid, Ukraine will have difficulty regaining more territory from Russia and is at risk of losing the war.