Kyiv brushed off the wobbles on both sides of the Atlantic, especially the prospect that the US Congressional vote, which excluded aid to Ukraine from an emergency bill to prevent a government shutdown, represented a deeper change in policy.”We don’t feel that the US support has been shattered… because the US understands that what is at stake in Ukraine is much bigger than just Ukraine,” foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters as he greeted the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. As for the election victory of pro-Russian Slovakian former PM Robert Fico, Kuleba said it was ”too early to judge” the impact on politics there, noting that a new leader would still have to form acoalition.
Monday’s meeting in Kyiv was touted by Borrell as an historic first but it comes at an awkward time for the Western alliance that has supported Kyiv. The summer is ending after a slower-than-expected Ukrainian military counter-offensive, without the major success that Western leaders had hoped to see before autumn mud clogs the treads of their donated tanks. ”I am sure that Ukraine and the entire free world are capable of winning this confrontation. But our victory depends directly on our cooperation with you,” Ukraine’s President Zelensky told the ministers.
Borrell told a news briefing with Kuleba the EU remained united in its support for Ukraine and that he had proposed an EU spending package for Kyiv of up to 5 billion euros for 2024 which he hoped to have agreed by then. reuters