500 million more. It is the agreement reached by the 27 this Friday to allocate weapons to the Ukrainian resistance, as announced by the EU High Representative for Cooperation and Security, Josep Borrell. European leaders have already agreed before allocating 500 million from the European Fund for Peace, for Ukraine, 450 of them in weapons.
The head of European diplomacy appealed to EU leaders to send weapons upon his arrival at the Versailles summit on Friday. “Everyone is aware that we have to increase our military aid to Ukraine,” said Borrell, who already anticipated that he was “sure” that the EU would approve this item. Borrell has also announced that the EU is considering further toughening sanctions against the Russian economy and businessmen.RELATED
“We are going to increase with another 500 million euros our contribution to the military support to Ukraine. Yesterday [por el jueves por la noche] I proposed this to the leaders [europeos]. And the European Fund for Peace will double its support with 500 [millones] of additional euros”, Borrell announced: “Everyone was fully aware that we have to increase our military support to Ukraine, continue to put pressure on Russia and increase our military support to Ukraine. Thus, 500 million euros more will go.
Borrell explained that “the Council [los líderes de la UE] have to ratify the agreement this morning, but yes, I made the proposal to double our contribution, with a further 500 million euros in [equipamiento] military for the Ukrainian armed forces and continue to think about more sanctions on the oligarchs and the Russian economy. Support the Ukrainian army with 500 million euros more and continue to pressure Russia. That is what we are going to do, and I am sure that the leaders [europeos] they will approve. And it will be done immediately. Everything flows quickly.”
The commitment to reinforce military aid to Kiev comes hand in hand with a declaration that cools the express way for Ukraine to enter the EU, something that eight countries, including Poland, were betting on.
The 27 are talking in Versailles about how to “strengthen defense capabilities.” In the draft conclusions to which elDiario.es has had access, it is stated that “the transatlantic relationship and EU-NATO cooperation are essential” for European security. At the same time, it is stated that it is necessary to “decidedly invest more and better in defense capabilities and innovative technologies”. Thus, the 27 defend “increasing defense spending substantially”, “developing more incentives to stimulate investment by member states in joint projects”; “strengthen and develop the European defense industry”; “support partners through all available instruments, including greater use of the European Fund for Peace [que se está usando ahora para enviar armas a Ucrania]”.
Furthermore, the draft conclusions state that “the next strategic compass [la strategic compass diseñada por Borrell que incluye una fuerza de intervención rápida de 5.000 soldados] will provide guidance on security and defense to make the European Union a stronger and more capable security actor.”
“Our environment is surrounded by a circle of fire fed, among others, by Russia, in the Caucasus, in Syria, in the Sahel,” said Borrell this Wednesday in the European Parliament in a debate on the situation in Ukraine in which he has Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas participated: “Europeans need to face the challenges that we have not sought, but that the world projects on us. And Ukraine is the first. Cut off the gas in your homes. Let us commit ourselves more to a collective defense, which is a treaty obligation and to which we have paid far too little attention so far.
Borrell also stated in his speech: “We all prefer butter to cannons, but EU countries spent 4% of their GDP on defense 50 years ago, and now they spend 1.5% of their GDP The dividends of peace were dedicated to the Welfare State, but now we have to explain that our way of life has a price, that we have Europe like a French garden, and outside the jungle grows. And if we want it not to invade us the garden, we must take care of it and defend it”.
“Europeans need the noise of the bombs at five in the morning 15 days ago when they fell on Kiev to wake them up from their sleep of well-being,” said the head of European diplomacy at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg