The president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, warned this Thursday that Russia’s next “victims” are in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.l, if Ukraine does not win the war, which is why it has insisted on continuing to arm the Ukrainian forces and strengthen its position in the face of an eventual negotiation.
“Russia will not stop in Ukraine. Other countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia can become its next victim (…) If Russia wins this war, it will attack the next country, this is how Russian imperialism works,” Duda warned in a meeting on the sidelines. of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“We must remember that Ukraine not only fights for its sovereignty, but also defends our democratic values, we must not forget it. The war in Ukraine has a symbolic meaning,” Duda said, according to the agency. Ukrinform.
For Duda, a Russian victory would send the message to the world that the West could be attacked. Thus, he warned of a supposed “devil’s coalition” that not only supports the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, but is also willing to collaborate in activities that put “the international order” at risk.
Duda also warned that the supposed fatigue that this war is causing among kyiv’s partners is the message that the Kremlin wants to hear, as they trust that it will be the first step by the West to stop supporting Ukraine and thus pressure for an eventual negotiation.
Given the possibility of an agreement, Duda stressed that it is up to the Ukrainians to establish under what terms any negotiations are held.. “They should decide about their future, no one from outside should do so on behalf of Ukraine or instead of it,” he said.
Biden and Scholz pledge to continue sending aid
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, committed on Tuesday to continue sending financial, humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine in a context of uncertainty due to the blocking of this assistance by the Republican Party in the US Senate.
“President Biden and I agree: we want to continue providing Ukraine with financial, humanitarian and military support. (…) Germany will help with more than 7 billion euros in military material in 2024″ Scholz published on his X social network account, formerly Twitter, after his call with the American president.
For his part, the European Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloniassured that the economic support for Ukraine “is not just a European task” and asked the United States not to stop aid to the countrywhile demanding that the Twenty-Seven unblock the 50,000 million euros ($54 billion) of financial aid for kyiv in the next two weeks.
“Of course we ask for the support of all international partners, economic support for Ukraine is not only a European task,” said the Italian, although without specifically naming Washington, upon his arrival at the meeting of European Union finance ministers. (EU) in Brussels.
Last year, Brussels proposed a package of 50 billion euros in aid for Ukraine for the period 2024-2027, but the countries did not reach an agreement in December to implement it for the Hungarian veto and decided to postpone the decision to a leaders’ summit scheduled for February 1 in order to convince Budapest to join the plan or find a way to circumvent the veto.
(With information from Europa Press)