Ukraine has accused Germany and other EU states of blocking funds the bloc previously approved for Kiev as it faces a financial crisis caused by Russia’s invasion.
“We are expecting eight billion euros (8.2 billion dollars), but unfortunately certain EU states, including Germany, are blocking verification of this issue,” Ihor Zhovkva, deputy chief of staff in the presidential office said.
Zhovkva said Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky was conducting “active talks” on the matter.
The deputy chief of staff said Kiev had received one billion euros of the nine billion euros in financial aid pledged by the EU in May.
The European Commission said guarantees from member states might be needed for the remaining funds, as securing them through the EU budget was not possible due to a lack of resources.
A spokesman for Germany’s Ministry of Finance rejected Zhovkva’s account, saying Berlin was not obstructing any aid to Ukraine.
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Source: Vanguard Newspaper