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The EU reminds Zelenski that it has mobilized more than 15,000 million in loans and aid for Ukraine

September 26, 2019


The European Union on Thursday reminded the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, who has mobilized together with European financial institutions “more than 15,000 million euros” in loans and aid in recent years to support political and economic reforms in the country.

Zelenski complained in a telephone conversation in July with US President Donald Trump that the United States has done “much more” than the Europeans for Ukraine. In the same call, the US president also asked him to intercede to investigate the alleged interference of former Vice President Joe Biden, a survey that has opened the door at the beginning of a possible political trial against Trump in the House of Representatives.

“We do not comment on the telephone conversation or the different statements,” the spokesman for the Community Executive, Carlos Martín Ruíz de Gordejuela, said at a press conference, when asked about the controversial conversation between the two leaders.

The spokesman has made it clear that the Union prefers to respond with “factual information” to the criticism of the Ukrainian leader about the lack of sufficient support from the bloc, recalling that the EU and the European financial institutions have mobilized “more than 15,000 million euros” in aid and loans for Ukraine, the largest external aid package “in its history”.

Of course, he recalled that aid is subject to “strict conditionality”, that is, in exchange for Ukraine moving forward in the agreed reforms. Among them, judicial reform to guarantee its independence.