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EU announces increased military aid to Ukraine — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

The bloc’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said he intended to increase military aid to Kyiv to around 2 billion euros

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrel announced on Friday that the bloc would provide an additional 500 million euros in military aid to Ukraine in connection with the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv.

Speaking to reporters at the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Germany, he explained that the new tranche, which will be the fourth provided to Kyiv by the EU, will be allocated for the purchase of heavy weapons, including armored vehicles, tanks and artillery, along with ammunition, and will bring the bloc’s total aid to Ukraine to around 2 billion euros.

Borrell told reporters the EU needed “a new impetus for military support” in the same way “more pressure on Russia with economic sanctions and the continued international isolation of Russia and the fight against disinformation.”

The foreign policy chief also expressed his hope that the bloc will reach a consensus on a Russian oil embargo in the coming days, noting that if an agreement is not reached at ambassadorial level, the issue will be discussed during of a Monday EU meeting of foreign ministers.

“I’m sure we’ll get a deal. We need it and we’ll get it. We need to get rid of Russia’s oil dependence,” he added. he said.

The EU announced its first tranche, which was to cover the delivery of arms worth $500 million to kyiv, shortly after Russia began its military operation in Ukraine in late February. The EU decision marked a break with the bloc’s long-standing policy of not providing military assistance.

Additionally, many EU members have dramatically increased their military support for Kyiv as Germany – the richest country in the EU – has reversed its stance of not supplying Kyiv with lethal weapons and has dramatically increased its military spending to help Ukraine.

Nevertheless, kyiv has repeatedly insisted that the international community should provide much greater financial and military support. Ukrainian officials have demanded that NATO establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine or provide kyiv with the means to do so itself, such as air defense systems and fighter jets .

Meanwhile, Moscow has warned Western countries against “pumping” Ukraine with weapons, saying such actions prolong the conflict and make a peaceful resolution to the war increasingly impossible.

Speaking ahead of Borrell’s announcement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the EU was no longer “a constructive economic platform” become a “aggressive” actor amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.

“The EU is shifting away from the constructive economic platform it was supposed to create, towards becoming an aggressive militant actor with ambitions stretching far beyond the European continent,” he added. . Lavrov said at a press conference on Friday, adding that the EU is “following in the footsteps of NATO” and that the two entities are merging, with the EU seeking to become nothing more than an appendage to the US-led military bloc.

Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, after kyiv’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Luhansk . The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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