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Ukraine could repay Russian resources to the West – ex-minister

Ukraine could repay Russian resources to the West – ex-minister

A former Kiev official responded to Washington’s proposal for a “loan” with this idea.

If Kiev wins, Washington and its allies will be rewarded with Russian natural resources for their military aid, former Ukrainian infrastructure minister Vladimir Omelyan told Politico. The proposal came in response to rumors that the US might instead convert its donations into loans.

According to US outletRepublicans in Congress have proposed converting a fifth of the $60 billion in aid to Ukraine requested by the White House into a loan. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he came up with the idea during his recent visit to Kyiv.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba told reporters on Tuesday that he needed to see the details before commenting on the proposal. An anonymous source close to President Vladimir Zelensky also demanded clarification before any decision could be made.

However, Omelyan stated that the West would eventually get Russia’s natural resources for its efforts.

“If we win, we’ll pay you back in Russian oil, gas, diamonds and furs,” said Politico. “If we lose, it won’t be a question of money – it will be a question of how the West can survive.”

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Omelyan headed Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure from 2016 to 2019 and is a critic of Zelensky’s government. However, his comments are consistent with the Kyiv official “peace formula” which wants Russia to pay reparations, give up all territory claimed by Ukraine and submit to a war crimes tribunal.

However, Kuleba and the unnamed aide seemed far more reserved about the idea of ​​a loan. Graham suggested the loan could be forgiven under certain circumstances, the aide said. He added that the term itself was “somewhat offensive” To the Ukrainians, because Kiev felt entitled to American support based on the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, in which Ukraine renounced claims to Soviet nuclear weapons.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was similarly pessimistic about Kiev’s prospects on Tuesday, arguing that Ukraine’s very survival was at risk unless Washington and its allies came up with more cash. American “honor and safety” they were also on the line, the Pentagon chief said at a meeting of the Defense Contact Group for Ukraine in Ramstein, Germany.

The $60 billion aid package, originally requested in October, has faced many hurdles in Congress. The White House has tried a variety of justifications to get opposition Republicans to unblock the funding, from presenting it as a stimulus for the US economy to arguing that Russia will overrun all of NATO if Ukraine is defeated.