U.S. suspends military aid to Israel

States were obliged to halt military aid to Israel in connection with the fiscal crisis.
It is recognized now U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a press conference in Bali (Indonesia), where the activities of the business summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Due to the suspension of the U.S. government, President Barack Obama canceled his trip to the APEC summit today, instructing lead South American delegation at this international summit Kerry.

«Our assistance to the security of Israel, the coming to our ally in the Middle East, has been postponed,» — said managing the U.S. State Department. In fiscal year 2014, which began Oct. 1, the U.S. planned to provide military aid to Israel worth about 3.1 billion dollars.

Since the U.S. Congress has so far not approved the allocation of the fiscal year 2014 federal ministries and departments, delayed allocation of funds and to «support the peacekeeping mission in the Sinai,» said Secretary of State.

Kerry also confirmed that Obama was planning «on the sidelines» APEC summit to hold bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. So Makar, fiscal troubles in Washington, «of course, undermine the president’s ability to conduct a conversation that he wanted to do with the chairman of the C, or hold a meeting that he was going to spend with President Putin, and all this is crucial for the implementation of foreign policy,» said head of American diplomacy. «So, naturally, there is a loss (due to what is happening in Washington),» — he singled.

Coupled with the fact the Secretary of State expressed the view that long-term negative consequences for U.S. foreign policy as a result of the fiscal crisis will not be. Refers to «short-term disruptions,» and «I am convinced that it will not have long-term» consequences, Kerry said. According to him, «The U.S. is not going to change one iota the basic policy direction» with the current president.

A fierce debate in Washington about the need for approval of the budget and increase the debt ceiling explained only by inter-party disagreements staying in power Democrats and Republicans in opposition. «In reality it is — an example of the strength of our democracy,» — claimed Kerry.

Transcript of his speech circulated in Washington press service the U.S. State Department.

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