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Zelenskyy more optimistic about U.S. aid 'than in December'

Zelenskyy more optimistic about U.S. aid 'than in December' Photo: President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy views the issue of obtaining military and financial assistance from the United States, which was delayed due to the position of Republicans, more positively.

This statement was made during a press conference with the Prime Minister of Great Britain in Kyiv on Friday.

"As for the assistance from Washington: I look at it more positively than in December. I think we will also add to the result," said Zelenskyy.

In addition, he stated that the results regarding the decision to provide Ukraine with long-term support of 50 billion euros from the European Union will be known by February 1.

50 billion euros for Ukraine

It is worth recalling that last year, the European Union proposed allocating 50 billion euros to Ukraine by 2027.

To implement this initiative, it needs approval from all EU member states' leaders. The issue was discussed at the European Council summit, but the allocation of funds was not supported as Hungary vetoed it.

Later, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, promised to bring this issue back for consideration by leaders at the beginning of 2024. This will happen at a special summit scheduled for February 1.

Even the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, has already acknowledged that the EU can allocate 50 billion euros to Ukraine without the support of his country.

U.S. aid to Ukraine

It is worth mentioning that a few months ago, U.S. President Joe Biden asked Congress to allocate over 100 billion dollars for national security needs. The package includes over 60 billion dollars in new funding to aid Ukraine.

However, Republicans in Congress refused to support such an initiative, demanding tougher measures regarding border security with Mexico to be included in the package.

Thus, for over a month, Congress has been trying to reach an agreement on such measures to approve the package.

Today, on January 12, it became known that the United States has suspended aid to Ukraine until Congress approves new funding.