Lecturer: $1B proposed US aid for Ukraine is not enough to show real support

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March 4, 2014, 12:18 pm
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(NECN) - There are new developments in the situation in Ukraine.
     
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kiev, meeting with the acting president and prime minister.
     
White House officials are offering Ukraine $1 billion in energy aid.
     
Russian President Vladimir Putin is refusing to recognize the new leadership. He held a news conference Tuesday, calling the change in power a coup.

For more on the subject, we were joined by Leon Rozmarin, a lecturer at Suffolk University’s history department.

He said the United States has been thickly-involved in Ukrainian affairs for at least 10 years.

Rozmarin said that Kerry’s offer of $1B might not be enough, as Ukraine facing severe financial and economic challenges and owes about $7 billion in payments to the IMF this year.

He said, “$1 billion is not enough to show real support for the government that many in Ukraine perceive as illegitimate and culturally hostile.”

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