USAID Administrator Samantha Power Call with European Union Commissioner Janez Lenar?i?
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:?
On February 20, 2022, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with Janez Lenar?i?, European Union Commissioner for Crisis Management to discuss the potential humanitarian crisis that would ensue if Russia further invades Ukraine.
Administrator Power and Commissioner Lenar?i? discussed coordination on contingency planning efforts across a range of possible scenarios in Ukraine. They spoke about the potential for unprecedented levels of need and displacement of Ukrainians within Ukraine and to neighboring countries, which would compound the existing need brought about by eight years of ongoing conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Administrator stressed the importance of the U.S. and EU continuing to work in partnership with the Government of Ukraine on complementary efforts to address the urgent needs of the Ukrainian people.