European leaders stress need for sustained aid to Ukraine post U.S. vote

House of Representatives voted to provide aid to Ukraine on April 20
House of Representatives voted to provide aid to Ukraine on April 20

Following the U.S. House of Representatives' approval of a new aid package for Ukraine, several European politicians have emphasized the need for Europe to enhance its support for Kyiv and bolster its own arms production. This collective stance was voiced by Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström, and Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky on X (formerly Twitter) on April 20.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas lauded the decision by the House and stressed the importance of supporting Ukraine. "I hope this vote will encourage all allies to reconsider their alliances and do more," Kallas wrote on X.

Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström said that now is the time to remember that EU must now increase its own production of arms and ammunition to help Ukraine on a long-term basis.

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"(House of Representatives) vote shows need for this," he wrote on X. "We also have to do our homework."

"Only together we can stop Russian aggression against Ukraine, freedom and democracy," Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky wrote on X.

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"Therefore, Europe must do more. Our hesitation and indecision to effectively support Ukraine motivates the Kremlin to further aggression and leads to human casualties."

The U.S. House voted in favor of providing over $60 billion in support for Ukraine on April 20. The bill is scheduled for consideration by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and, following approval, will be signed into law by President Joe Biden.

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