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"This is a clear signal to the Kremlin": EU leaders react to the US decision to help Ukraine

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How EU leaders reacted to the US decision to help Ukraine. Source: Screenshot.

European leaders have reacted to the U.S. House of Representatives' vote to continue providing aid to Ukraine. Some politicians said that the European Union should also provide more assistance to Kyiv to fight the Russian occupiers.

At the same time, the successful vote in Congress was called a clear signal to the Kremlin. OBOZ.UA collected the reaction of European politicians to the vote in the House of Representatives.

The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, said that the US House of Representatives had approved a long-overdue important package of aid to Ukraine worth $60 billion. According to him, this sends a clear message to the Kremlin that the civilized world will continue to support Ukraine and its people.

The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Mecola, emphasized that the only way to peace is to help the Ukrainian people defend themselves.

"On behalf of the European Parliament, I welcome today's vote of the U.S. House of Representatives, which provides crucial support to Ukraine. We are united. For freedom, against aggression," she said in a statement.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell also reacted to the vote of the US House of Representatives. The diplomat stated that Ukraine will receive the transatlantic support it needs to counter Russian aggression.

According to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Ukraine deserves all the support it can get to repel Russian aggression.

"We now ask the US Senate to vote as soon as possible, as lives are at stake. Transatlantic allies are united in supporting freedom and democracy," she said.

President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda called the successful voting in the House of Representatives an important step towards victory. The Head of State emphasized that other countries should also continue to support Ukraine. Nausėda noted that the support and cohesion of the West were crucial today.

For his part, President of Poland Andrzej Duda is convinced that the approval of the package of assistance to Ukraine by the U.S. House of Representatives is the most important decision that will help stop Russian aggression. According to him, this is a clear confirmation of the US leadership among all the countries of the free world.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that the decision of the U.S. House of Representatives to send urgent military aid to Ukraine was a fundamental one.

"The best way to protect ourselves is to help Ukraine win the fight for freedom. I hope this vote will encourage all allies to reconsider their alliances and do more," Kallas wrote.

Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Bylstrom emphasized that the decision of the U.S. House of Representatives would bring much needed assistance to the Ukrainian troops. He also added that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are fighting not only for their freedom, but also for the freedom of other European countries.

At the same time, Bylstrom said that now is also the time to mention that the European Union should increase its own production of weapons, ammunition and materials to help Ukraine on a long-term basis.

According to Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipovsky, the decision of the US House of Representatives came at the best possible time. The head of the diplomatic agency noted that the West will be able to stop Russia's aggression against Ukraine, freedom and democracy. But following his Swedish counterpart, Lipovsky said that Europe must also do more.

The presidents of Georgia and Moldova also reacted to the House decision. Salome Zurabishvili said that the positive vote of the U.S. House of Representatives confirmed that assistance to Ukraine is an important event. According to her, the Ukrainian people are fighting not only for their country, so they deserve full support.

President of Moldova Maia Sandu welcomed the approval by the U.S. House of Representatives of a vital $61 billion aid package for Ukraine. The Head of State emphasized that this crucial support would strengthen not only Ukraine in the fight against aggression, but also regional security.

As a reminder, on April 20, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the further provision of assistance to Ukraine from the United States and supported the bill. "The vote was 311 in favor (101 Republicans + 210 Democrats) and 112 against.

Earlier, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that the adoption of the most important law by Congress would help support Ukraine and Israel, as well as strengthen security in the Indo-Pacific region. According to him, the United States continues to stand with its allies and partners around the world.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, the first batch of military aid from the United States may be delivered to Ukraine in a few days after the relevant law is signed by US President Joe Biden, if it is approved by the Senate. The weapons in question are from Pentagon stockpiles in Germany.

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