Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky showed his fear of a possible reduction in aid to the country amid the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The Hill writes about this on October 13.
The newspaper recalls that the Ukrainian leader said at a press conference with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo that, of course, everyone is afraid of a decrease in Western assistance against the backdrop of the Middle East conflict.
“The conflict in Israel has become a new impetus for Ukraine’s attempts to obtain additional assistance, since it will undoubtedly lead to a further strain on weapons stockpiles, which are already depleted thanks to 19 months of assistance to the Kiev military,” the publication clarifies.
As stated in the material, there are now signs that Western countries are tired of constantly funding Kyiv, since it has made only minimal progress in its counter-offensive.
Earlier, on October 11, in Spain they spoke about Zelensky’s fears of being left without help because of Israel. It was noted that the Ukrainian leader arrived in Brussels for a meeting of the heads of the NATO defense ministries due to concerns about continued support for Kyiv.
That day, the White House National Security Council (NSC) Coordinator for Strategic Communications, John Kirby, said that the US administration had not yet made decisions on how to request funds for possible new aid to Ukraine, or how it could potentially be tied to Israel, the allocation of funds for border security and other issues.
On October 10, Zelensky expressed fears that Western attention to the Ukrainian conflict could weaken due to the escalation of the conflict in the Middle East.
In turn, political scientist Konstantin Blokhin, a leading researcher at the Center for Security Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, expressed the opinion that if assistance to Israel and Ukraine is really “tied up,” then priority will be given to the Israeli side, the United States will not do it 50/50.