US, Euro­peans dif­fer on aid to Ukraine: poll

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A new sur­vey shows that Amer­i­cans are less will­ing than Euro­peans to send eco­nomic aid to Ukraine, where the gov­ern­ment is strug­gling to keep the econ­omy afloat while bat­tling Rus­sian­backed sep­a­ratists.

At the same time, Amer­i­cans would be more will­ing than Euro­peans to use mil­i­tary force against Rus­sia if it were to attack a neigh­bor­ing coun­try that was a mem­ber of NATO, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey re­leased early Wed­nes­day by the Pew Re­search Cen­ter.

While Ukraine is not a NATO mem­ber, other for­mer Soviet re­publics are and they worry that the West­ern al­liance would not de­fend them if it meant mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion with Rus­sia.

The sur­vey ex­am­ined public opin­ion in eight NATO coun­tries: the United States, Bri­tain, Canada, France, Ger­many, Italy, Poland and Spain. The in­ter­views were con­ducted in April and May among about 1,000 adults in each coun­try, with mar­gins of er­ror rang­ing from plus or mi­nus 3.4 to 4.1 per­cent­age points.

Of the eight coun­tries, only Italy was less sup­port­ive of send­ing eco­nomic aid to Ukraine than the U.S., where 62 per­cent of those sur­veyed were in fa­vor. Sup­port was high­est in Poland and Spain, at 77 per­cent.

But when asked whether NATO should send arms to Ukraine, the U.S. and Poland were most in fa­vor, at 46 per­cent and 50 per­cent, re­spec­tively. Ger­many was at the bot­tom of the pack with only 19 per­cent sup­port.

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