In Ukraine, there was no discussion of an action plan in the event of a reduction in US istance, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Alexey Danilov said in an interview with PBS.
He answered the question of what they will do in Kyiv if Washington decides to reduce aid to the republic.
“We cannot say that we have any separate discussions regarding some kind of plan b.” We have no desire to engage in any abstract discussions,” Danilov said.
According to him, there is no consensus in the West about the future of Ukraine, since they “talk about help, not victory.” The head of the National Security and Defense Council added that if Kyiv does not win the conflict, “the existence of the country will be only a matter of time.”
In September, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said in an interview with CNN that the supply of Western weapons does not guarantee that the expected results will be achieved quickly. He also responded to criticism of the Ukrainian Armed Forces about the “very slow” counter-offensive. According to Zelensky, despite this, “it is still ongoing.”
On September 6, during a speech at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Washington sees “good progress” in the Ukrainian counteroffensive, and added that it is important for the United States that Kiev has everything it needs to carry it out successfully. In this regard, he announced the allocation of another $1 billion in financial istance to Kyiv. At the same time, the Pentagon announced a new aid package for Ukraine worth $175 million, which, in particular, included depleted uranium shells for Abrams tanks.
Moscow has repeatedly criticized the supply of Western weapons to Kyiv and pointed to the growing direct and indirect involvement of Western countries in the conflict in Ukraine. The authorities pointed to an attempt by the West to prolong the conflict by supplying arms to Ukraine.