Germany believes Europe can’t compensate for U.S. aid to Ukraine

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Germany and the European Union as a whole are unlikely to fully compensate for the loss of support from the United States for Ukraine, according to Omid Nouripour, the leader of the German Green Party.

“It’s unlikely that we can simply compensate for what the Americans have achieved so far, neither in material nor in financial terms. However, in this case, we, Europeans must strengthen our support for Ukraine,” said the German politician.

U.S. assistance to Ukraine

The U.S. Congress failed to approve Joe Biden’s request for over $100 billion for national security needs by the end of 2023. In this request, over $60 billion was earmarked for Ukraine.

The main stumbling block was the Republicans, who refused to support the initiative. They demanded that the White House incorporate their proposals for strengthening border security into its request.

On December 20, it was announced that Congress went on vacation without approving Biden’s request. Meanwhile, the funds allocated for assistance to Ukraine in the U.S. remained at one military aid package.

On December 22, U.S. President Joe Biden signed a bill on annual defense spending, which includes a record amount of $886 billion for the Pentagon. It also specifies $300 million of assistance for Ukraine.

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine amounting to $250 million.

Source: RBC Ukraine