The European Union (EU) will continue to provide military aid to Ukraine regardless of the decisions made by the United States, according to the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell. During his visit to Kiev on Sunday, Borrell affirmed that Brussels plans to not only maintain its military assistance to the Ukrainian forces but also increase it further.
Borrell stated, “We have not waited for the [US] decision to be taken to increase our propositions to support Ukraine,” when asked about the EU’s reaction to the US Congress’ removal of military aid for Kiev from its short-term spending bill.
While Brussels expressed deep regret over the American lawmakers’ decision, Borrell expressed hope that this would not be a definitive decision and that Ukraine would continue to receive support from the US.
The EU Commission had previously proposed the creation of a fund for Ukraine worth €50 billion ($52.8 billion), according to Borrell. Additionally, during an EU foreign ministers meeting in August, he suggested the creation of a similar fund amounting to €20 billion ($21.13 billion) within the European Peace Facility.
Borrell emphasized that the EU’s military aid for Kiev is permanent and structured, independent of the decisions made by other nations or the results of Ukrainian operations.
The comments from Borrell came amidst the ongoing Ukrainian offensive, which has not resulted in significant changes to the frontlines despite massive Western military aid and heavy Ukrainian losses. Borrell claimed that Europe faces an existential threat and argued that providing better arms and quicker support to Ukrainian troops would lead to more success.
However, Borrell hinted that Kiev should show more gratitude for the EU’s efforts. He stated, “our support is not being perceived as important as it is,” emphasizing that it indeed is crucial. He further noted that the total military aid from Brussels and EU member states to Ukraine amounted to €25 billion ($26.4 billion), while the cumulative military, financial, and humanitarian support reached €85 billion ($89.8 billion).
The EU’s commitment to providing military aid to Ukraine is significant in light of the US Congress’ decision not to include such aid in its spending bill. The EU’s stance demonstrates a determination to support Ukraine and its defense capabilities, regardless of external factors.
While the US remains one of Ukraine’s key allies, the EU’s continued and increased military assistance reinforces the union’s commitment to promoting stability and security in the region. The Ukrainian government can take some reassurance in knowing that it has the backing of the EU in its efforts to defend against perceived threats.
As tensions continue to simmer in Eastern Europe, with ongoing conflicts and territorial disputes, the EU’s dedication to supporting Ukraine’s defense capabilities becomes increasingly important. By providing financial and military aid, the EU aims to help Ukraine protect its sovereignty and maintain stability in the region. The EU’s commitment to supporting Kiev sends a strong message to other nations involved in the conflict and underscores the importance of finding peaceful resolutions.