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Matter of weeks: Zelenskyy on U.S. and European financial assistance

Matter of weeks: Zelenskyy on U.S. and European financial assistance President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukraine will receive assistance from Europe and the United States, with decisions expected to be made within weeks, states Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"I have positive signals that Europe, specifically EU countries, supports us, and I am also confident that the issue will be resolved in Congress," the statement says.

According to him, representatives of Ukraine have engaged in various discussions, dialogues, and meetings. Zelenskyy expresses hope that the country is not spending time, which is precious for the state, without purpose.

"Because during the war, we must be in our country, it is important to communicate with partners, to meet, but there are still priorities in wartime. So, I believe there will be a very positive reaction from our partners," adds the president.

Help for Ukraine from the U.S. and the EU

Several months ago, U.S. President Joe Biden requested Congress to allocate over $100 billion for national security needs. The package includes over $60 billion in new funding to aid Ukraine.

Republicans in Congress refused to support such an initiative, insisting on incorporating stricter measures for border security with Mexico into the package.

As a result, for over a month, Congress has been trying to reach an agreement on such measures to approve the package. On January 12, it became known that assistance to Ukraine from the United States is suspended until Congress approves new funding.

Additionally, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban blocked an EU initiative that envisaged allocating 50 billion euros for Ukraine.

At the same time, The Financial Times, citing sources, reported that the European Commission was ready to compromise on some of Hungary's demands to approve this decision.