Russia showed its confidence yesterday with its own forecast, which says that in the long run it will get its way because Western countries will end up losing interest in helping Ukraine. The failure to include a new aid package for Ukraine in the law that extended funding from the US federal budget until November 17 is a setback for Kyiv. But Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov does not believe Washington's support will wane.
This back-and-forth has more to do with the functioning of politics in Washington than with its relationship with Kyiv, they think in Moscow. “Obviously, this is a temporary phenomenon. The US will continue to be involved in this conflict, in fact, direct participation,” Peskov said.
“But we have already repeatedly said that, according to our forecasts, fatigue with this conflict, fatigue with the completely absurd patronage of the Kyiv regime, will increase in several countries, including the US,” he recalled.
The United States Congress approved a new law on Saturday to extend the funds for more than a month and thus avoid a government shutdown. But it did not include any aid for Kyiv, despite the fact that Washington is Ukraine's main financial and military backer since Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his tanks against the neighboring country in February 2022.
That the funds for Ukraine have been omitted will not change anything, since Washington's decision is a "spectacle for the public," Sergei Ryabkov, Russian deputy foreign minister, in charge of supervising Russia's relations with the countries, told the Ría Novosti agency. From the american continent.
After signing legislation to extend federal budget funding, US President Joe Biden told reporters that Democrats reached a deal with Republicans to move forward with a new aid package for Ukraine. Last month he promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, visiting Washington, that the US would maintain its support despite opposition from some Republican lawmakers.
“The quarrels between the parties are one thing, and the support (for Ukraine) is another. We should not believe that anything is going to change. “It's a show for the public, talk,” Riabkov said.
Nor does Russia understand that Ukraine's support is going to suddenly change after the electoral earthquake that this weekend shook Europe due to the victory in Slovakia of Robert Fico, who is considered "pro-Russian."
First of all, the Kremlin says that it is “absurd” to apply this adjective to the leader of the populist social democratic party Smer-SD, who won his country's general elections on Saturday with 22.94% of the votes. “Several politicians in Europe are called pro-Russian. We are faced with a situation in which any politician on the European continent who is inclined to think about the sovereignty of his country, who protects the interests of his country, is immediately called pro-Russian. But this is absurd,” Peskov said.
The Kremlin spokesman did not even want to talk about the future relationship with Bratislava, given that talks now have to be held to form a government. The president of Slovakia, Zuzana Caputová, yesterday entrusted Fico with this task, which should last two weeks, the TA3 channel reported.
Fico sympathizes with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. And in the campaign he was critical of arms sales to Ukraine and EU sanctions against Russia. However, on Sunday he said that if he manages to form a government, there will be no changes in his country's foreign policy, according to Efe. “The orientation of Slovakia's foreign policy will not change. “We are in the European Union,” he stated.