EU Borrell proposes EUR 20 billion defense support plan for Ukraine to EU countries
EU defense ministers met in Toledo to consider long-term financial support for the Ukrainian military in the amount of EUR 20 billion
Radio Liberty reported the information.
The ministers are considering a EUR 20 billion (USD 22 billion) plan by EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell to allocate EUR 5 billion a year for weapons and training programs for the period 2024-2027. Borrell's goal is to put EU military support for Ukraine on a more structured basis and move away from the ad hoc payments made under the European Peace Facility (EPF).
Borrell stated at the beginning of the meeting that the assistance should continue coming after the war, regardless of the circumstances. He emphasized the need for ongoing efforts to rebuild and offer security assurances to Ukraine.
Currently, Ukraine has received EUR 5.6 billion in military aid from a budgetary mechanism separate from the EU budget, which reimburses EU member states for supplying weapons to Ukraine and other non-EU countries.
Borrell also proposed to increase the number of Ukrainian troops trained by the EU this year to 40,000.