EU leaders postpone aid to Ukraine until January due to Orbán’s veto

The heads of State and Government of the European Union negotiations on the new economic aid package for Ukraine were postponed to January 2024 50,000 millionwhich remains blocked by the veto exercised by the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán.

Orbán himself assured this Friday that he could lift his veto if his Government receives the funds that the European Commission keeps frozen due to violations of the rule of law: “If someone wants to modify the budget law, that will be a good opportunity for Hungary to receive what that corresponds to it. Everything”.

For their part, the leaders of the bloc concluded the first day of their summit in Brussels around 2:30 a.m. on Friday without having yet been able to convince the Hungarian ultranationalist and they will not resume tomorrow the debate on the budget review that includes aid to kyiv.

The other twenty-six member states support the latest document that reached the negotiating table, but Orbán insisted on his refusal to contribute more money to the European accounts to create a new financial assistance program for Ukraine until 2027, the sources add.

Budapest has blocked the new program with which the EU wants to make it easier for Ukraine to pay for urgent needs such as the renovation of infrastructure damaged in Russian attacks and to keep its public services running.

Ukraine celebrates its rapprochement with the EU

The Ukrainian Government, the opposition and civil society have welcomed the decision of the European Council to open EU accession negotiations with kyiv as a victory for those fighting for the independence and democratic future of Ukraine on the front that strengthens the country’s Western destiny and strengthens the entire continent.

“Many people in Ukraine has high moraleand this is important, this is motivation,” said the president Volodymyr Zelensky in a message recorded early in the morning on the streets of the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, where he had arrived from the base in Wiesbaden, Germany, headquarters of the US Army in Europe and Africa.

The United States, for its part, welcomed the decision that the European Council took this Thursday to open negotiations with Ukraine for its accession to the European Union (EU) and described the moment as “historic for Europe and the transatlantic partnership.” “.

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