All countries except US have given everything they could - Colonel Grant on helping Ukraine
British military expert, retired British Army Colonel Glen Grant says that support for Ukraine is now at a very difficult stage. All countries except the US have given everything they could
He said this in an interview with Anton Borkovskyi, host of the Studio West program on Espreso TV.
"Latvia emptied the coffers. And so did Estonia and the Czech Republic. Poland has given a huge amount of equipment and is still waiting for new equipment to replace the old one. So there are a lot of people who are just worried that Ukraine might be thinking that they're going away. They're not going away," he said.
According to him, there is an active rethinking of what to do next, where to invest money, how to buy ammunition, for example. Supporting Ukraine is no longer easy.
Within a few days, British Foreign Secretary Cameron, German Defence Minister Pistorius, and Pentagon chief Austin visited Kyiv. However, this does not mean that they are developing any deeper plans in Kyiv, Grant believes.
"I think we've reached the stage with that difficulty with Slovakia changing sides and Hungary showing its side that those who are very strong on supporting Ukraine just want to make the message clear," he added.
In his opinion, Ukraine needs to put its diplomacy in order. Diplomatic work should not be entrusted to people of inappropriate level.
"As those best people are the ones who can unlock money and support from different countries. And if you send secondary people, you'll get a second rate result. You won't get what you need. So diplomacy is absolutely vital. It's not a job for sending friends from Bankova anymore. They must stop doing that. They must start sending the very best that Ukraine has got to other countries," the military expert concluded.
- On Tuesday, 21 November, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius arrived in Kyiv to discuss military training and further military assistance with Ukrainian leaders.
- Later, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Germany had provided another $1.3bn package of military aid to Ukraine, with the funds to be used to strengthen air defence.
- On 20 November, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin arrived in the Ukrainian capital. He met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Rustem Umerov.
- The visit of the Pentagon chief to Kyiv comes on the eve of a meeting of the Ramstein Contact Group on Ukraine's defence, which is scheduled to take place on 22 November.
- During the visit, the US officially announced additional security assistance to meet Ukraine's critical security and defence needs.
- During his visit to Ukraine, Lloyd Austin assured the Ukrainian leadership of continued US support.