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Ukraine shouldn't count on US aid as plan B is under consideration — diplomat Osypenko

19 March, 2024 Tuesday
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Diplomat and international expert Ruslan Osypenko believes that Europe will step up its help for Ukraine, while the United States will step aside

He shared his opinions with Espreso TV.

"The United States has not just gone into an internal discussion about aid for Ukraine. They have already warned the Europeans that they do not have enough resources for all the conflicts that Moscow and Tehran are fomenting. At the moment, there is a division of responsibilities by spheres in the world. Europeans will be responsible for European security, while Americans will be responsible for deterring China. In other words, we should not expect any help from the United States because option B with Russia's frozen assets is being considered. A year ago, it was said that if there is not enough potential, then there is option B, and then we will actively consider and make decisions on this issue," Osypenko explained.

According to the diplomat, the decision to confiscate Russia’s frozen assets is unpopular because it undermines the foundations of the capitalist system in terms of private property.

"That's why Lindsey Graham spoke about the Middle East, that their attention is now focused there, that they also have China, that the United States has a lot of problems and they are looking strategically at the development of the situation around the world. That is, Europe will do more for us, while the United States will step aside," Osypenko said. 

  • House Speaker Mike Johnson informed Republican senators that the lower house of the US Congress will prepare its own bill to help Ukraine, which will include support in the lend-lease or loan form.
  • Instead, the White House has deemed the adoption of a bipartisan bill totaling over $60 billion as the most effective means of supporting Ukraine and has urged Speaker Johnson to bring the document to the floor for consideration.
  • The US Defense Department has criticized the initiative of House Speaker Mike Johnson to support Ukraine in the form of a loan instead of passing a bipartisan bill with over $60 billion in aid.
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