EU foreign policy chief: “Geopolitical self-interest behind Western support for Ukraine”

The war in Ukraine

Published 27 March 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Borell calls on the U.S. Congress to pass another multi-billion dollar aid package.

In an interview with CNN, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borell confirms that EU and US economic and military support for Ukraine is not primarily about altruism or concern for the Ukrainian people – instead, it is geopolitical self-interest that determines the continued funding of the war.

– You know, the US has a vested interest in supporting Ukraine. Otherwise we would be giving a free pass to Russia. And you know what happens then. Remember Crimea. Remember Syria, he said, without elaborating.

– We cannot afford Russia [to] win this war. Otherwise the US and European interests will be very damaged. It’s not a matter of generosity alone, it’s not a matter of supporting Ukraine because we love Ukrainian people. It is in our own interests and it is also in the interests of the US as a global player, someone who has to be perceived as a reliable partner, a security provider to the allies, Borell added.

Borrell urged US lawmakers to pass a package of an additional $60 billion in military aid to Kiev – a proposal that has been “stuck” in Congress for months, with many members now skeptical of the US continuing to pump money into the conflict.

The EU leader also firmly stated that Ukraine was in no way involved in the terrorist attack on a Moscow concert hall over the weekend that killed at least 137 people.

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