Medhi Hasan, the host of the Medhi Hasan show on MSNBC, spoke with Kira Rudik, a Ukrainian parliament member, on the topic of eroding support for Ukraine among Americans.
MEDHI HASAN: “Some of the polling showing that the support for Ukraine is down from 60% last year to 48% now, to providing aid. And it’s not just the American public. The American government, for example, I just want to read you this recent quote from The Washington Post. ‘’We will continue to try to impress upon them that we can’t do anything and everything forever,’ said one senior administration official, adding that it was the administration’s ‘very strong view’ that it will be hard to keep getting the same level of security and economic assistance from Congress.’ How concerned are you to hear such advice from the U.S. government? What’s your response to that?”
KIRA RUDIK: “Well, this is exactly what Putin is hoping for. That the support would not last long and then he will be able to do whatever he wants. But the question is, what is the alternative? If Ukraine loses — and I do not want to think about that — it would mean that the whole Western world cannot unite against Russia and they can do whatever they want. I do not think that this is the world we all want to live in. We want to live in a world where the sovereign country cannot be afraid for its freedom and the sovereign country can hope that the international laws would work. If the United States is claiming to be a leader of the democratic world, there are responsibilities. And the responsibilities are to make sure that the rules are obeyed. And we are fighting with our own lives. We are not asking you to do everything for us. What we are asking for is the things that we cannot provide for ourselves: the weapons and the supplies.”