Josep Borrell, High Representative for EU Foreign Policy – Europa Press/Contact/Mirdass/EUC
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VERSAILLES (FRANCE), 11 (from Royals Blue special correspondent Víctor Tuda)
The EU’s high representative for foreign policy, Josep Borrell, will propose to the leaders of the 27 to double military assistance to Ukraine with an additional 500 million euros in armaments, via the European peace mechanism.
“We will increase our contribution to military support for Ukraine by an additional 500 million”, assured the head of community diplomacy on his arrival on the second day of the informal summit of heads of state and government, which is being held in Versailles, in France.
It will now be up to the leaders to formally approve this proposal to extend the coverage of the European peace mechanism, used for the first time to send arms to a third country at war.
In any case, Borrell argued that there are no differences between the Twenty-Seven and that there will be a leadership-level agreement to send more weapons in the coming days, after stressing that ” everyone is aware” that military support must be strengthened in Kiev and increase the pressure against Russia.
In the same vein, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, confirmed the consensus of the leaders to strengthen the European peace mechanism and send more weapons to Ukraine. “Within a few days, the EU decided to change direction by facilitating military means,” the former Belgian prime minister said of the unprecedented EU decision to arm the Ukrainian army.
Likewise, he underlined the intention of the European bloc to redouble humanitarian aid to mitigate the effects of the bombardments against the Ukrainian civilian population. “We are horrified by the acts committed by the Russian military against civilians,” she said.
This Friday, Spain has already confirmed that it will send more weapons to Ukraine in the coming days, although Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares has called for discretion on the type of weapons and where they will enter the country.
In a step forward amid the Russian invasion, the EU agreed two weeks ago to allocate 450 million euros to send lethal weapons to Ukraine to help the population resist the offensive Russian military. Support which is supplemented by an additional 50 million for non-lethal material such as fuel or medical equipment.
The mechanism, with the contribution of member states, will finance the shipment of weapons to Kiev retroactively from the beginning of the year, when the first EU countries offered military assistance to the Ukrainian authorities for the escalation to the border.