Borrell says EU to discuss military aid to Ukraine on March 20
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that an agreement on military assistance to Ukraine will be reached at a meeting of EU foreign and defense ministers on March 20
This was reported by the EU press service.
"Time is of the essence: we need to deliver more artillery ammunition to Ukraine and we need to deliver faster," the statement said.
Borrell emphasized that his three proposals should be discussed at the meeting on March 20. They include the need to arrange the delivery of more artillery ammunition, including 155 mm calibre, to Ukrainian soldiers using the European Peace Facility. Accelerating the procurement of these shells for the needs of EU member states and ensuring long-term support for Ukraine, as well as investing in the rapid increase in the manufacturing capabilities of the EU defence industry.
In addition, the EU High Representative assured that all these areas are interdependent and should go hand in hand.
On January 23, the European Union approved the seventh tranche of 500 million euros from the European Peace Facility for military assistance to Ukraine. This brings the total amount of military assistance to Ukraine allocated through this instrument to €3.6 billion.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said that the European Union, which seeks security, should strengthen sanctions against Russia and accept new members.
On Tuesday, March 14, the European Commission approved the reform of the electricity market to protect citizens from sudden price spikes and accelerate the use of renewable energy sources.