Josep Borrell says that the EU’s stockpiles of military material have been depleted due to aid to Ukraine
The stocks of military equipment of the countries of the European Union (EU) have been depleted in connection with the provision of assistance to Ukraine. This was stated by the head of EU foreign policy, Josep Borrell, writes TASS.
“The depletion of stocks as a result of the military support we have provided to Ukraine is the most glaring example of our shortcomings. [обороны ЕС]”, He noticed.
Borrell also urged the EU to take responsibility for its own security. In his opinion, the European Union should create its own European armed forces.
The new security environment shows that the EU must take greater responsibility for its own security. To do this, we need a modern, interoperable European military that will have a higher level of spectrum and will seek to develop capabilities and forces.
Help from Europe
On May 12, Borrell proposed to the EU countries to increase the amount of funds for military assistance to Ukraine to two billion euros.
According to Bloomberg, the funds will be allocated from the European Peace Fund, but this plan has not yet been agreed. The proposed allocation of funds is expected to be included on the agenda of the next meeting of EU foreign ministers.
Since the beginning of March, the EU has allocated 1.5 billion euros from the fund to Ukraine for the purchase of weapons and military equipment. In addition, many countries in the community have provided arms bilaterally.
Borrell called the supply of weapons to Ukraine necessary. He stated that the EU is not a military union, but a civil one.
But now we have to resist the war, and therefore helping Ukraine to resist the invasion of its powerful neighbor should be our first priority.
According to him, assistance should consist not only in the supply of weapons, but also in the provision of “economic, commercial, diplomatic and financial pressure on Russia to weaken its economy.” “I don’t understand those who say we shouldn’t arm Ukraine because that would prolong the war,” he said.
aid from the united states
On May 21, the White House press service reported that US President Joe Biden signed a bill to allocate an additional package of additional assistance to Ukraine in a record amount of about $ 40 billion. The bill provides for the allocation of funds for military, economic and humanitarian assistance to kyiv.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said a new US aid package would allow Ukraine to reopen the Odessa port. According to him, this will prevent a food crisis caused by the delay of cereals.
The Ukrainians are trying to go on the offensive. And I think that this arms package is designed to give them what they need now, not only to win a ground war, but also to have some impact on the reopening of the port of Odessa, because the lack of Ukrainian food will be reflected throughout the Middle East. and Africa
At the same time, the US Department of Defense refused to confirm data on the planned transfer of US Patriot anti-aircraft missile (SAM) systems to kyiv as part of military assistance to Ukraine. for $40.1 billion.
We do not have any additional information other than what is available in transcripts from high-ranking representatives of the Department of Defense and the Pentagon press secretary.
Opponents of aid to Ukraine
The response to the initiative to allocate additional assistance in the United States was ambiguous: its opponents argue that the country’s government should be guided primarily by the interests of the American people and not transfer funds “without verification and discussion.”
For example, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said that multibillion-dollar US spending on aid to Ukraine threatens American security. According to him, the country’s economy is not in the best condition anyway.
The politician pointed out that previously the US authorities had already spent almost five billion dollars to combat the coronavirus infection. He drew attention to the fact that inflation hit a 40-year high in March. In particular, gasoline prices are up 48 percent compared to last year, used cars are up 35 percent, and food is up almost 9 percent.
Likewise, former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said that Biden could be defeated in the future by the policy towards Ukraine. She believes that the administration of the head of state could not determine what tasks the country faces in the conflict with Russia.
We can look at Afghanistan and Iraq, a very recent example of what happens when you don’t have a specific mission.
Gabbard believes that Americans, facing high inflation and rising prices for basic necessities, have a right to know what the price of aid to Ukraine is.
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