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US senator delays $40bn Ukraine aid package

Senator Rand Paul delayed a vote on the package, which has bipartisan support in the US legislature.

United States Senator Rand Paul has single-handedly delayed the passage of a $40bn aid package for Ukraine.

The allocation of funds has bipartisan support in the Senate and it was passed in the US House of Representatives earlier this week. It is also supported by President Joe Biden, with his administration warning the remaining authorised funds for Ukraine would run out by May 19.

“Helping Ukraine is not an instance of mere philanthropy,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s highest-ranking Republican, said on Thursday. “It bears directly on America’s national security and vital interests that Russia’s naked aggression not succeed and carries significant costs.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the highest-ranking Democrat, accused Paul of making “reckless demands”.

“The package is ready to go, the vast majority of senators on

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