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Smart Take | Ukraine Funding in Limbo while EU Accession Talks Begin

December 15, 20232:17

The European Union has agreed to begin formal negotiations on Ukraine’s bid for membership to the bloc but failed to pass a $54 billion financial aid package. At the same time, US lawmakers continue to negotiate over Ukraine aid, leaving the country’s war effort in jeopardy. William Pomeranz, Director of the Kennan Institute, comments on the ongoing funding negotiations at home and abroad. He talks about Putin’s reaction to the US funding debate, how a lapse in funding would impact US credibility, where the money earmarked for Ukraine actually goes, and why accession to the EU becomes even more critical if US aid does not come through.

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William E. Pomeranz

William E. Pomeranz

Director, Kennan Institute

William Pomeranz, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, is an expert guide to the complexities of political and economic developments in Russia, particularly through the lens of law. He leverages extensive, hands-on experience in international and Russian jurisprudence to address a wide range of legal issues, from the development of Russia’s Constitution to human rights law to foreign investment and sanctions. He is also the author of Law and the Russian State: Russia's Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin (Bloomsbury, 2018).

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The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more