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EU to persist in supporting Ukraine despite Hungarian opposition, German MFA states

EU to persist in supporting Ukraine despite Hungarian opposition, German MFA states EU will continue support despite Hungary's opposition (Photo:
Author: Daria Shekina

The European Union will continue supporting Ukraine despite opposition from Hungary. Other member countries of the bloc can act even without Budapest, stated the spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany.

The spokesperson emphasized that the support for Ukraine would continue regardless.

"For us, as the German government, it is evident that the fund for Ukraine remains the best and most resilient decision from our perspective," he added, speaking about the plan to secure 50 billion euros of financial aid in future EU budgets.

According to the spokesperson, even without Hungary, the other 26 EU countries can take action. However, he chose not to comment on how this would unfold.

The article adds that, according to reports from other media outlets, a Plan B is being developed, which could involve an intergovernmental agreement among the 26 EU members without Hungary or assurances from these countries to restore borrowing from the European Commission. Nonetheless, the spokesperson for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that securing it in the EU budget remained a priority for their government.

50 billion euros from the European Union

Last year, the European Union proposed allocating 50 billion euros to Ukraine by 2027. Unanimous consent from all countries is needed to approve such a decision; however, during a recent meeting, Hungary vetoed it.

The issue of aid to Ukraine will be discussed at a separate EU summit in early February. Member states are also considering the possibility of depriving Hungary of its voting rights to approve the funding.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba has mentioned that the EU will eventually approve funding with or without Budapest. He is confident that Ukraine will still receive assistance, despite the timing being "up in the air.