Washington is considering alternative methods to buy arms for Ukraine.
The issue of aid to Ukraine is pending in the US Senate. Even if military assistance can be advanced, there are many reasons to doubt that the money will come, given the deep opposition from Republicans, including former US President Donald Trump, the NYT writes.
Behind the scenes in Washington and Europe, certain parties discuss other options, in particular, the seizure of more than $300B in assets belonging to the Russian Central Bank. However, this issue turned out to be more difficult than expected.
Also, Ukraine’s allies discuss the possibility of comprehensive arms exchanges, similar to what Japan and South Korea have done, which provided the US with artillery shells so that Washington could provide more aid to Ukraine. Both South Korea and Japan have said that they will not export weapons directly into a war zone.
There is also an option in which European countries would pay for American weapons and their delivery to Ukraine. This is crucial, as Europe cannot produce much more ammunition. Over the past 30 years, most European production facilities have been dismantled.