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  • Writer's pictureAnton Kuchuhidze

International Press Review dated 29 January - 9 February 2024

In the latest weeks, the media's attention was mainly focused on two events. The first development was a demonstrative turn: the EU countries unanimously supported the allocation of an important aid package to Ukraine. The second one is the approval of the aid package from the US. This bill has not received enough support in the Senate.

The Washington Post notes that the EU leaders reached an agreement on the allocation of 50 billion euro macro-financial aid to Ukraine. President of the European Council Charles Michel said that the agreement "ensures stable, long-term, predictable financing for Ukraine" and demonstrates the EU's determination to "support the future of Ukraine, support freedom."

The partners made every effort to ensure that this program was coordinated without obstacles. During the meetings, Donald Tusk wittily emphasized that “there can be no room for compromise on our principles, such as the rule of law. And there is definitely no room for compromise on the issue of Ukraine."

The US aid to Ukraine was the next hot topic. An editorial in The Washington Post claims that the United States should assist Ukraine with aid and weapons. Congress's repudiation of longstanding bipartisan support for Ukraine's freedom could turn tragic if one wing of one party blocks funding for Ukraine at this critical time.

Since Ukrainians are fighting not only for their own freedom and security, but also for the security of the United States, congressional inaction would be a profound betrayal of US national interests based on the rules of the international order and values they have long supported.

The author of the article is confident that Ukraine should first be given a 300-kilometer army tactical missile system and German Taurus missiles with a 500-kilometer range, so that Ukraine can at least drive out russian missile systems from Crimea and the Black Sea.

In addition to that, Bloomberg writes that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the Biden administration remains confident that it can get congressional approval for assistance to Kyiv. "We fully intend to get this package through both the Senate and the House of Representatives and onto the President's desk for signature." NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg added that "there is no alternative to this process."

The approval of the aid package to Ukraine and the removal of obstacles from Hungary was an expected step. I also expect for the overcoming of contradictions in the Senate and for the approval of the draft law on important support for Ukraine from the United States. Supporting this draft law means countering putin and his aggression. "The stakes of this struggle go far beyond Ukraine itself. If we do not stop putin's appetite for power and control over Ukraine, he will not limit himself only to this country. And the costs for America and allies will only increase," Biden said in his speech. Support for Ukraine at this critical moment is very important for the entire democratic world.


Leaders of the 27 European Union countries sealed a deal Thursday to provide Ukraine with 50 billion euros ($54 billion) in support for its war-ravaged economy after Hungary dropped weeks of threats to veto the measure.

European Council President Charles Michel said the agreement “locks in steadfast, long-term, predictable funding for Ukraine” and shows the EU’s determination “to support their future, to support freedom.”


Clearly, Ukraine is the United States’ front line of defense against this monstrous evil. Let’s not pretend it’s just Ukraine’s war. Our continued aid to this struggling country and its valiant soldiers is critical to our interests, too.

It is premature to plan for transitioning Ukraine to manufacturing its own weapons, so long as Russia can continue hitting Ukraine with missiles and drones fired from Russian sanctuaries in Crimea, on the Black Sea and in Russia itself. Right now, Russia is attacking Ukrainian apartment buildings and markets, but weapons factories can also be targeted by Russia, if Ukraine tries to build them.

Ukraine should first be given our 300-kilometer Army Tactical Missile System with unitary warheads and the German Taurus with a 500-kilometer range, so Ukraine can at least drive the Russian missile launchers out of Crimea and off the Black Sea.


The Biden administration remains confident that it can win congressional approval for aid to Kyiv, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said, after a bipartisan immigration and Ukraine support bill was torpedoed this week by House Republicans.


“We fully intend to drive to the point where that package passes both the Senate and the House and lands on the President’s desk for signature,” Sullivan told reporters Wednesday after a gathering with his NATO counterparts in Brussels, alongside the military alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “At the end of the day, there is no alternative to the US stepping up to the plate.”


German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will highlight Europe's efforts to help Ukraine repel a Russian invasion during his trip to Washington this week, government officials said on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to shore up stalling support there for Kyiv.

Scholz will dine with U.S. lawmakers upon arrival on Thursday evening, the officials said. On Friday, he will have breakfast with U.S. business executives before meeting for one-on-one talks on Friday with U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss primarily Ukraine, NATO and the Israel-Gaza war.

Scholz will also want to address the future of NATO with Biden ahead of the defense alliance's summit in Washington this July which will mark its 75th anniversary.

"From our point of view this summit should send the signal that NATO is determined and capable of securing our ability to deter and defend today and going forwards," the official said.


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