West should provide Ukraine with all weapons its army can handle - Ursula von der Leyen
Western allies need to "step up" the level of military support and equipment they provide to Ukraine
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said this on Tuesday, January 17, CNN reports.
Ukraine needs "all the military equipment" that "it can handle, and this also includes advanced systems," von der Leyen said.
"I hope very much that [at] Ramstein … that there will be a big move forward," she added, referring to an upcoming meeting in Germany on Friday, where allies will meet with Ukrainian defense officials at Ramstein Air Base as part of the Contact Group on Ukraine's defense.
Germany has come under pressure in recent days over the level of military support it is sending to the war-torn country, with the UK calling on Berlin to send German-made Leopard tanks and allow others to do the same.
Von der Leyen also confirmed that the tenth round of sanctions against Russia is coming.
The tenth round "will be mainly focused on closing these loopholes, on finishing off with these circumventions, and on having massive consequences for those who circumvent the sanctions of the European Union," she said.
- As a reminder, the day before, Ursula von der Leyen said in Davos that unprecedented sanctions were being imposed on Russia, designed to plunge the aggressor country's economy into a decade-long recession.