The US and its allies in the Group of Seven are preparing to support the proxy war in Ukraine for years to come, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
One unnamed official from a European G7 nation told the paper that the war could last six or seven more years and that the allies need to prepare financially to keep fueling the conflict for that long.
US and NATO officials have been saying publicly that they are preparing for a long war. “Most wars last longer than expected when they first begin. Therefore, we must prepare ourselves for a long war in Ukraine,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday.
At the recent NATO summit in Vilnius, the G7 nations pledged to negotiate their own bilateral security deals with Ukraine to provide long-term military support. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Biden administration is looking to reach a deal with Ukraine to tie the hands of a future president who may want to wind down support for the proxy war.
While the majority of Congress still supports funding the war, a loud minority of Republicans in the House are making it difficult to authorize the $24 billion in additional spending on Ukraine that the White House has requested. The White House wants the aid passed before the fiscal year ends on September 30.
Opposition to the policy is growing among voters, as a recent CNN poll found 55% of Americans were against Congress authorizing more spending on the war, including 71% of Republicans who were asked.