Speaking of the trip, Scholz said it was happening “at a very special moment.”
“The issue now is how Europe, but also the United States, can consolidate support for Ukraine,” he said. “This is necessary because the Russian war of aggression is still being waged with great severity. It is leading to great destruction in Ukraine.”
Nearly two years since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, financial support for Kyiv is drying up. While the EU recently approved €50 billion in aid to Ukraine, the U.S. has hesitated to dole out more cash.
After months of negotiations, Republican senators on Wednesday blocked a $118 billion bipartisan package that included $60 billion in military assistance for Kyiv.
U.S. President Joe Biden has been urging Congress to push through the funding for Ukraine, which has been stalled for months amid Republican disagreements over border policy. Former President Donald Trump had encouraged lawmakers to reject the bill.
The Senate is planning another vote on Thursday to advance a bill that only includes aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, without the border security provisions. If Washington fails to pull through for Kyiv, German and other European leaders fear they will be left to support Ukraine on their own.