German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for more U.S. and European aid for Ukraine as he left Washington, saying it was time to send Russian President Vladimir Putin “a tin “It’s a very strong signal” that the West will not stop its aid. in kyiv.
Scholz will meet with lawmakers in the coming hours and with President Joe Biden on Friday. Aid to Ukraine stalled in the Senate when Republicans blocked a bipartisan package that also included border funding and then failed to put together an aid plan for kyiv.
Scholz did not talk about it in a message to the press before his departure, nor did he accept questions. He said that an important issue now is “how Europe, but also the United States, can continue support for Ukraine.”
“What has been done so far in Europe and what has been promised in the decisions of the US Congress is not enough,” he said. “So we have to find a way for all of us to do something more together.”
Germany has stepped up aid to Ukraine this year, with plans to send more than 7 billion euros ($7.5 billion) for weapons despite the local budget crisis. It has shipped air defense weapons, tanks and armored trucks since the invasion of Russia began and is now the second largest supplier after Washington.
The rulers of the European Union, of which Germany is the most populous country, have approved sending 50 billion Euros to Ukraine to strengthen its economy.
Berlin has made “a very big contribution, but it’s not enough on its own without enough support coming from somewhere else,” Scholz said. “Now is the time for us to do what is necessary: give Ukraine the means to defend itself and at the same time send the Russian president a very clear signal: the signal that he does not expect us will cease our support.”