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Europe at risk of facing Putin alone: Zelenskyy explains danger of U.S. aid delay

Europe at risk of facing Putin alone: Zelenskyy explains danger of U.S. aid delay President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

The delay in assistance to Ukraine from the United States will have an impact on a united Europe and lead to a series of subsequent problems, states President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview with the German television channel ARD.

President Zelenskyy remarks that he does not believe the United States will completely withdraw support for Ukraine in its resistance against Russian aggression. However, if such a scenario were to occur, Europe would not be able to provide the same level of assistance to Kyiv as it did previously.

"Not with weapons, not financially. Why? Because, probably, if all of Europe united, it would be able to provide enough support to Ukraine, but the U.S. has such influence, and when the signals are not very positive, they have the same influence on some leaders in Europe," explains the president.

Europe will be left alone against Russia

"If this happens, and the U.S. delays support for Ukraine, it will have an impact on a united Europe. And there will be subsequent problems here," the president notes.

According to the president, among the consequences of a delay in U.S. assistance are:

  • Deficiency of weapons and finances in Ukraine.
  • The loss of the alliance between the U.S. and Europe.
  • Europe will be left alone in the confrontation with Russia if Ukraine cannot withstand, and the Russian dictator continues his advance.

U.S. financial assistance for Ukraine

In October 2023, U.S. President Joe Biden submitted a bill to Congress for $106 billion in aid to Israel and Ukraine, as well as allies in the Asia-Pacific region. Of this amount, $61.3 billion was proposed for Ukraine, and $14.3 billion for Israel.

However, in December, the Senate blocked the start of debates on this aid package. The reason was the demands of Republicans to include a tougher set of measures for securing the southern border of the U.S. with Mexico in the bill.

As reported by The Guardian, Congress agreed on the text of an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico border, the approval of which will determine the resumption of military aid funding to Ukraine. The text of the document is expected to be published in the coming days.