The foreign ministers of the European Union consolidated and reinforced the message of “lasting support” for Ukraine. This meeting comes at a time when fears are emerging about the sustainability of Western support. Zelensky declared that kyiv will do its part of the job.
With a historic meeting in kyiv, the foreign ministers of the European Union, consolidated and reinforced the message of lasting support for Ukraine.
This meeting comes at a time when fears are emerging about the sustainability of Western support for Ukraine.
According to the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba, Putin’s best hope is that the West will tire of siding with Ukraine in the war.
President Zelensky said that the European Union must be ready to accept Ukraine’s accession talks, and that kyiv will do its part of the work.
“Our key integration objective is reach a decision this year to start accession negotiations. Today I heard once again, in meetings and negotiations, that this is absolutely possible. Ukraine will do its part of the job: the seven recommendations of the European Commission“Zelensky declared.
“It is very important that the European Union, all its member states, have the same willingness for a political decision on Ukraine, on the start of negotiations,” he added.
Proposals for strong support for Ukraine
Josep Borrel, high representative for foreign policy of the EU, reaffirmed the inclusion of an allocation of 5 billion euros for Ukraine.
The German minister called for a winter protection plan to deal with the bombing of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
Another source of aid for Ukraine was an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, the first in three years, to kyiv to discuss a $15.6 billion program, Prime Minister Denys Chmygal announced.
US aid budget stalled
In Washington, an emergency agreement reached by the Senate over the weekend to avoid a federal administration paralysis left aid to Ukraine out of the budget, which will have to be the subject of a separate bill.
US President Joe Biden then promised that the United States “will not abandon” Ukraine, and kyiv announced that it is “working” with its main military and financial support so that this situation “does not impede the flow of aid.”
A meeting with a powerful message for Russia
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain showed that this meeting outside the borders of the EU itself, and in a country and capital at warwhich are bombed daily, are a powerful message, both for Ukraine and for Russia.
For its part, Kuleba called on his EU colleagues to approve a new package of sanctions against Russiafocused on its military and nuclear industries and containing measures to prevent Moscow from circumventing the sanctions already in force.