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Ukraine-EU relations took most damage after Trump, Zelensky conversation, - Aslund

Over the past five years, the EU assisted Ukraine much more than the U.S. did; the warring country always needs more aid, but one should not make such strongly-worded statements, the expert says
11:40, 21 October 2019

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President Volodymyr Zelensky inflicted a lot of damage upon the Ukraine-EU relations during his conversation with his American counterpart Donald Trump. Anders Aslund, the U.S. professor and expert in Eastern Europe said so in the interview with Novoye Vremya outlet. 

"I guess they took his words in a very complicated manner in Germany. Because it's not true. Europe has been doing much more for Ukraine than the U.S. did. Over the past five years, Europe provided Ukraine with some 16 billion dollars in loans and grants. The figures are very different. It is clear that the warring country always wants more aid, but one should not be making such strongly-worded statements. Berlin would not forget this kind of thing", Aslund said.

Related: Rebuilding Ukraine: an assessment of EU assistance

Previously, the White House released the conversation of the two leaders. Specifically, the Presidents discussed EU-Ukraine relations; Zelensky stated he talked to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, when the anti-Russian sanctions issue was brought up. "They (the EU, - 112 international) do not work for Ukraine the way they should. It comes to conclusion that the EU should be Ukraine's biggest partner, but technically, the U.S. is much bigger partner to us than the EU is. And I really appreciate that, because the U.S. has been doing a lot for Ukraine - much more if we're talking sanctions against the Russian Federation", Zelensky said.

Related: New president of Ukraine can count on EU assistance in terms of anti-corruption reforms, - MEP

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