Zelenskyy explains how delay in US aid to Ukraine could affect EU
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes delaying U.S. aid will have an impact on a united Europe and lead to a number of problems
He said this in an interview with the German TV channel ARD.
The president noted that he does not believe that the U.S. would completely abandon supporting Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia, and Europe will not be left alone. However, if this does happen, Europe will not be able to support Ukraine at the same level as before, neither in terms of weapons nor financially.
"Perhaps if all of Europe united, it could provide sufficient support to Ukraine, but the U.S. holds such influence. When signals are not very positive, they also have a similar impact on some European leaders," explained Zelenskyy.
He emphasized that if the U.S. delays processes related to supporting Ukraine, it will impact the united Europe. Zelenskyy outlined the consequential challenges resulting from such delays.
"The first is the deficit of weapons and finances in Ukraine, as I already mentioned. The second is the loss of the alliance between the United States and Europe. The third is that Europe itself will understand this as a signal: if Ukraine does not resist, and Putin advances, it will be left alone in the confrontation with Russia. This will be a significant threat that Putin will certainly exploit. It will also indicate that NATO may not be as strong," noted the head of the state.
Moreover, according to the president, the sanctions policy of European countries towards Russia will also crumble, as it is influenced by the support of the United States. "I believe that in general this is called world redistribution," Zelenskyy said.
A German journalist asked if the U.S. indeed reduces or withdraws assistance to Ukraine, whether the president would like Germany to take on a leadership role in supporting his country. Zelenskyy responded, "I would really like that."
According to him, Germany can indeed do this – consolidate the European Union. "Many countries have significant economic relations and dependencies on Germany due to its powerful European economy. But I still consider this a very significant threat because it sends a negative signal. The United States passivity or lack of support is wrong for everyone," summarized the Ukrainian leader.
The day before, the media wrote, the administration of US President Joe Biden was developing a new strategy to help Ukraine. It will focus not on recapturing the territories seized by Russia, but on repelling new Russian offensives.