Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the European Union in his daily speech for a new support package worth 50 billion euros. He describes it as a “clear signal” to Russia.
“Today the European Union made a long-awaited decision,” Zelensky said. He added, “It is a clear signal to Russia that Europe will resist and will not break.”
Moreover, this is a signal to the United States, where Congress has blocked a new aid package for Ukraine for months, that Europe is committed to Kiev's interests and is showing unity. “We are still waiting for the American response,” Zelensky said.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated earlier that he “hopes this will make things easier” for US President Joe Biden. Biden himself, through his spokesman John Kirby, thanked the European Union “for the important support package that will help Ukraine as it continues to defend itself against Russian aggression.”
Earlier, Zelensky also stated on Channel X that “it is very important that this decision was taken by the 27 leaders, which once again proves the strong unity of the European Union.” The decision was also supported by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who opposed the package at a December summit.
Zelensky said the money “promotes long-term economic stability, which is no less important than military support.” (Belgian)
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