We’ve Got Your Back in War Against Russia


HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA—Weeks after the U.S. midterm elections, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers jetted to an international security conference in Canada to deliver a message to the United States’ allies: Don’t believe the wingnuts; we’re all in on Ukraine.

Concerns abound in Kyiv, and other parts of Europe, about continued U.S. military support for Ukraine in the wake of the narrow Republican midterm victory in the lower chamber of Congress. A handful of Republicans have questioned support for Ukraine and sought to halt U.S. arms, aid, and assistance. But other lawmakers are pushing back against that narrative, insisting it doesn’t represent the views of the vast majority of Congress.

“This is probably one of the most bipartisan issues that I’ve seen since I’ve been in Congress,” said Sen. Jim Risch, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, when asked about continued U.S. support for Ukraine in its war against Russia. “We are bound to do this on a bipartisan basis. We’re arm in arm on this.”

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA—Weeks after the U.S. midterm elections, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers jetted to an international security conference in Canada to deliver a message to the United States’ allies: Don’t believe the wingnuts; we’re all in on Ukraine.

Concerns abound in Kyiv, and other parts of Europe, about continued U.S. military support for Ukraine in the wake of the narrow Republican midterm victory in the lower chamber of Congress. A handful of Republicans have questioned support for Ukraine and sought to halt U.S. arms, aid, and assistance. But other lawmakers are pushing back against that narrative, insisting it doesn’t represent the views of the vast majority of Congress.

“This is probably one of the most bipartisan issues that I’ve seen since I’ve been in Congress,” said Sen. Jim Risch, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, when asked about continued U.S. support for Ukraine in its war against Russia. “We are bound to do this on a bipartisan basis. We’re arm in arm on this.”

Risch and eight other U.S. lawmakers from both parties delivered the message to foreign dignitaries from Ukraine, Canada, and other NATO countries at the Halifax International Security Forum, an annual gathering of national security leaders and experts. The message seemed to allay any lingering doubts among Ukrainians and other NATO allies—at least in the short term, according to interviews with five European and Ukrainian officials, some of whom spoke on condition of anonymity.

But it did little to assuage their uncertainty and fears about what U.S. politics may look like after the 2024 presidential election cycle, particularly if the war drags on for years and the cost of support piles up.

“The lawmakers brought the message that we, that Ukraine needs to hear, which is they’re all committed here and now,” said one senior European official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But we’re all still in this post-Trump hangover, even two years later, with wondering what comes after 2024 and whether a new MAGA coalition could override bipartisan…



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