November 29, 2023, 18:39

Military assistance from Western partners will continue to slow down – expert

In addition to deciding what criteria and how Ukraine will become a NATO member, the summit in Brussels may address the issue of supplying weapons and equipment to Ukrainian, but not on the scale that Ukrainians would like.

This was stated by Oleksandr Khara, an expert at the Center for Defense Strategies, at a briefing at the Ukraine-Odesa Media Center.

“After the speech in the United States, when the House of Representatives was left without a speaker and thus slowed down the allocation of money for military aid to Ukraine, Biden called European partners. And only Britain responded and allocated the money – 500 million pounds. Unfortunately, such an extreme story will be repeated in the future for us. Europe understands that if Russia wins, Russian tanks will not immediately march on Berlin, so it is slowing down,” the expert believes.

Alexander Khara noted that the delay in disbursing money for military aid to Ukraine is likely to continue, because Europe has not adjusted to a military mindset, as it was during the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

“It is certainly difficult for our Western partners to tighten their belts and send money to help us after the economic crisis following the Covid epidemic. In fact, today’s decision in Brussels is a framework by which we will act and by which we will be evaluated. For example, democratic civilian control over the defense and security sector. This is an extremely important thing in the context of secrecy, so that there is no corruption, no mismanagement, no possibility of the military making decisions that contradict the military leadership. This is an absolutely normal situation for democratic countries,” emphasized Mr. Khara.

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