Volodymyr Zelensky said that the EU is “artificially delaying” €8 billion assistance to Ukraine The President urged not to make ordinary Ukrainians hostages of the “indecisiveness or bureaucracy” of some EU leaders. According to him, he believes that “this is still a mistake that will be corrected”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused the EU of “artificial delay” with the provision of financial assistance to the country for €8 billion. He stated this in his next appeal in Telegram
“Eight billion euros for Ukraine is still on hold. And such an artificial delay in macro-financial assistance for our state— or a crime, or a mistake. And it's hard to say which of these is worse,»,— Zelensky said.
He urged not to make ordinary Ukrainians hostages of “indecision or bureaucracy” some EU leaders. The Ukrainian leader did not specify which European country is delaying the provision of assistance to Kyiv, noting that he believes: “this is still a mistake that will be corrected.”
At the end of June, the EU countries approved the provision of additional financial assistance to Ukraine for €9 billion. Brussels was going to transfer the funds in 2022. However, later, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Serhiy Marchenko, in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper, said that some states “are not ready to support Ukraine with such an amount.” “The European Union agreed on financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of €9 billion, but what do we see at the moment? Maybe a billion this month. Then there may be a pause: there is no agreement between the EU governments,— Marchenko said.
Corriere della Sera, citing sources, wrote that Germany was blocking the provision of an aid package worth €9 billion to Ukraine. It provides for almost interest-free loans to Kyiv with repayment in 25 years at the expense of its own European debt obligations. Germany is also the largest guarantor of these Eurobonds. German Finance Minister Christian Lindner is unhappy that Brussels is resorting to a pan-European debt for the sake of Kyiv, and agreed only with the allocation of the first tranche of €1 billion, the publication reported.
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