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Widening Divisions Among EU and NATO Members on Ukraine

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As the Russo-Ukrainian war approaches its second year, many questions still remain. When will this war end? How will it end? Perhaps for many, those questions are no closer to being answered than when the war began. 

Top political leaders of many countries are wondering the same thing. While the U.S. has been by far the largest foreign aid provider for Ukraine, the war has amplified the role of European allies in terms of economic and military aid. With the incredibly expensive war persisting for so long, nations are starting to become disillusioned about continued support for Ukraine. 

Even the United States, a bastion of support for Ukraine, has been encountering problems garnering additional support for Ukraine in Congress. Just last month, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted, marking a major turning point in the role of the US in economic and military aid to Ukraine. Newly elected Speaker Mike Johnson recently voted against a bill that provided additional support for Ukraine. 

President Biden’s request for an additional $24 billion in aid has been left dead in the water, with Republican congressmen becoming more skeptical of the value of military aid to Ukraine. It is unclear whether the flow of ammunition and weaponry from the US will continue indefinitely. 

Divisions are becoming noticeable in Europe as well. In Slovakia, a pro-Russian candidate was elected as President, and is immediately calling to cease aid to Ukraine. In Hungary, a similar event is occurring. Its Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, vetoed a bill for €500 million in EU military aid, and ended aid for Ukraine. Poland, a massive contributor of aid to Ukraine, is considering greatly reducing their military aid, citing the grain feud between the two countries as the primary reason. 

The feud was caused by an influx of Ukrainian grain imports into the EU. This mass of cheap imports into the EU has been met with intense disdain from local farmers. In response, the governments of Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia banned Ukrainian imports of grain. 

On the other hand, in August, NATO members approved the delivery of F-16 multirole fighter jets to Ukraine. Leopard and M1 Abrams main battle tanks were delivered in March and September respectively. 

However, in September, Russia launched a mass missile strike across Ukraine, causing blackouts in multiple areas, accentuating the vulnerability of Ukrainian infrastructure, even with the presence of Western-made defense systems. 

One thing remains clear: without continued military aid, Ukraine will be left defenseless against increasingly desperate Russian offensives. And with the Ukrainian military now moving towards an offensive strategy instead of a defensive one, the lack of hardware and ammunition will prove to be an even larger issue. 

Despite all of this, global support for Ukraine still stands strong, and it is highly unlikely that these spats between NATO and EU member states will have as big of an impact on the war in Ukraine as the Kremlin hopes.

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Noah Kanda
Noah Kanda, Writer
Hey folks! My name's Noah, and I'm a sophomore who's been at ASIJ since 5th grade. I was born in Manhattan, moved to London for five years, and then came to Japan. I'm a pretty big history buff, and I also really like reading, writing, working out, and learning about geopolitics, which will definitely be a common theme in most of my articles.

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