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