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Western nations favor present assistance to Ukraine over future aid, Kuleba says

Western nations favor present assistance to Ukraine over future aid, Kuleba says Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Western countries find it more beneficial to assist Ukraine now rather than in the future, says Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in an interview with El Pais.

"If the support is suspended, Russia may succeed in breaking through the front line. Then, it will be necessary to restore support because there will be a very strong societal reaction in favor of supporting Ukraine," he states.

Kuleba emphasizes that the same politicians who decided to halt support for Ukraine will make a decision to provide it, but in extreme circumstances.

"So, even from a purely realistic political perspective, it makes more sense to provide assistance now to avoid a crisis in the future," he says.

Regarding the delay in providing aid from the European Union due to Hungary's position, the Foreign Minister notes that among the other 26 EU member countries, there is a clear understanding that assistance to Ukraine will be provided in one form or another. The postponement was taken (until February 1, when an extraordinary European Council summit on this issue will take place) to try to reach a consensus decision.

Assistance to Ukraine

In December with the approval of a $60 billion aid package in the U.S. Congress and a 50 billion euro package from the European Union for the years 2024-2027.

The Senate plans to consider the aid package for Ukraine in January. The EU will revisit the issue of assistance in February after Hungary blocked the package.