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Austrian Lawmakers Leave During Zelensky Speech

On Thursday 30th March, lawmakers from the Austrian Parliament Freedom Party (FPO) were seen walking out of the Lower House of the Austrian Parliament, as the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech. Zelenskyy addressed the Austrian parliament through a video link. His speech talked about current affairs, asking for humanitarian aid and help with different projects that included clearing land mines. The FPO gave a warning before the meeting commenced saying that the party will protest against Zelenskyy’s speech. This was because the Party believed it was violating Austrian Neutrality.

The party declared that the country cannot get military involved, conveying that it cannot send weapons to Ukraine. The government can support Ukraine in other ways which would include political and other aid. 

According to the head of FPO, Herbert Kickl, it is the only Party that takes the neutral stand and standing up for peace seriously. - Aljazeera.

The lawmakers that walked away from the Lower House chamber have now placed small cars on their desks that contain their party logo and text saying, ‘space for neutrality.’ 

The FPO is the 3rd largest party to hold seats at the Lower House, being against the social democrats and the conservative party. 

Austria alone has taken more than 90,000 Ukraine refugees into their territory. It also provided an estimate of 124 million euros in humanitarian aid while also signing a framework that would help Ukraine to construct three new hospitals. – Austrian Embassy in Lithuania.

According to  Council on Foreign Relations, an estimated 42 countries have donated and provided aid to Ukraine.

The USA is the top aid provider for the military, with an estimated 46 billion dollars donated so far. Following the United Kingdom, which donated 5 billion dollars in aid. Germany and Poland have both sent 2.5 billion dollars of military aid. EU institutions have mostly sent financial aid. 

The war in Ukraine is progressing and the conflict doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Inflation is going up and people are protesting due to deteriorating living standards. Is this the beginning of some governments beginning to slowly refuse some forms of aid to Ukraine? We must wait and see in the upcoming months.

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