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West support for Ukraine may dwindle over time: Czech president

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Czech Republic's President Petr Pavel

The Czech Republic's president warns that the West's support for Ukraine, which is involved in a war with Russia, may wane over time, depending on a number of elements, including the results of the next US elections.

Speaking on Wednesday, Petr Pavel said the result of the presidential election in the United States next year will impact the European support for Ukraine, Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported.

"If support from the USA dwindles, support from a number of European countries will also dwindle. Ukraine must take that into account," he said.

Pavel also said, "We have to take war fatigue into account and what it means for support from Western countries. This will decrease over time."

Russia started a military campaign in neighboring Ukraine last February to defend the pro-Russian population in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk against persecution by Kiev.

Ever since the beginning of the war, Western countries, led by the United States, have been slapping Russia with a slew of economic sanctions and pumping Ukraine full of tens of billions of dollars worth of advanced weapons, steps that Moscow says would only prolong the hostilities.

The remarks by Pavel, himself a former NATO general, marked rare ones by an official from the US-led military alliance to voice pessimism concerning the future of the alliance's support for Ukraine.

They echoed comments made last month by NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who revealed that Ukraine's Western allies were having a hard time keeping up with Kiev's ever-increasing demand for ammunition to be used in the war.

"The war in Ukraine is consuming an enormous amount of munitions, and depleting allied stockpiles," Stoltenberg told reporters on February 13, adding, "The current rate of Ukraine's ammunition expenditure is many times higher than our current rate of production. This puts our defense industries under strain."

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