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Ukrainian Foreign Minister: We cannot allow Russia to use delays in aid

Ukrainian Foreign Minister: We cannot allow Russia to use delays in aid Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba held talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He urged that Russia should not be allowed to use delays in aid to Ukraine to advance on the frontline.

According to Kuleba, during the talks, he thanked Blinken for the recent military aid package that will help Ukraine counter Russian aggression.

In particular, the minister emphasized the importance of continuing US and international assistance to Ukraine, including air defense equipment and artillery ammunition.

"We cannot allow Russia to use delays in aid to advance, putting all of Europe and the democratic world at risk of an even larger war," Kuleba said.

Also during the talks, the parties

  • discussed ways to approve the critically needed package of support for Ukraine from the United States;
  • exchanged views on the expected results of the Washington NATO Summit to be held this year.

"Ukraine has demonstrated repeatedly in recent years that with sufficient support, we can defeat Russia on the battlefield. Failure to continue supporting Ukraine would severely undermine the US leadership all across the world and jeopardize American national security," the Minister added.

Western assistance to Ukraine

Ukraine has received political commitments from its partners to provide $122 billion by 2027. After that, the IMF approved an agreement with Ukraine on an EFF program with access to $15.6 billion on March 31, 2023.

Meanwhile, the United States has been unable to provide financial assistance to Ukraine for several months. The Senate passed a bill that provides $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. They want to allocate more than $60 billion for our country. For the document to come into force, it must be supported by the House of Representatives and signed by President Joe Biden.

CIA Director William Burns believes that Ukraine risks losing more territory if assistance is not provided.