18 Feb – Europe and other allies of Kyiv will not be able to provide Ukraine with the volume of military assistance that was expected from the United States, said Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishina.
“To the extent that we are talking about military assistance, the United States is not able to offer any Plan B, other than providing funding. Moreover, European countries and Ukraine did not have the opportunity to regroup because events in the American Congress developed quite quickly , and agreements on the distribution of assistance areas were formed in “Ramstein” (meetings of the contact group on assistance to Ukraine – ed.) for months,” the Ukrinform agency quotes Stefanishina as saying.
She noted that Ukraine’s allies “cannot quickly regroup and provide Ukraine with the necessary weapons, which were planned as support from the United States.” According to her, Kyiv does not have a plan “B”, only a plan “A” – “to survive, to survive.”
“We also draw conclusions for ourselves regarding trust, regarding reliability, and we draw conclusions for ourselves that we should always have several parallel processes, even realizing that we have firm guarantees from our allies,” Stefanishina added.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden said that the United States cannot help Kyiv without Congress approving the White House’s request to allocate more than $60 billion to Ukraine.
The White House is calling on members of the US Congress to urgently approve a bill providing more than $60 billion to restore aid to foreign allies, including Ukraine, after the initiative was approved by the Democratic-majority Senate. In turn, Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson said that it would not be possible to force her to follow the Senate in passing this bill.
Russia previously sent a note to NATO countries over arms supplies to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo that contains weapons for Ukraine will become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine. The Kremlin emphasized that pumping Ukraine up with weapons from the West does not contribute to the success of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative effect. Lavrov also stated that the United States and NATO are directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine, “including not only by supplying weapons, but also by training personnel… in the territory of Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and other countries.”