The EU grants another 500 million to Ukraine to buy weapons

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  • Ukrainian Minister Dimytro Kuleba warns that Putin wants to plunge all of Europe into a crisis and urges people not to bow to his demands

  • The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, says that it is necessary to have “sufficient resistance to continue supporting Ukraine”

 The EU grants another 500 million to Ukraine to buy weapons

Ukraine will receive An additional 500 million euros from the European Peace Support Fund to buy weapons with which to continue repelling attacks by the Russian army. The political agreement, closed this Monday by the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU), represents the fifth European disbursement since Moscow launched the war on February 24 and raises to 2,500 million — of the 5,000 million that the fund has for the period 2021-2027— the money granted to kyiv.

“Obviously it is not an endless source but for now we can continue to finance the war effort”, said the high representative for the police. EU Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, about a decision that will be finalized. in the next few days. “Russian troops have no plans to take days off” so “the weapons we manage to supply is what will help the Ukrainians to stop the all-out attack on their territory (…). Yes Something has to be done, it is to continue with the supply of weapons & rdquor ;, said the head of Lithuanian diplomacy, Gabrielius Landsbergis.

The decision to continue increasing the financing has been received with satisfaction by the Ukrainian foreign minister, Dimytro Kuleba, who has once again participated in the meeting of ministers by videoconference to explain the situation in your country. “Aid in matters of weaponsIt is essential and Ukraine appreciates all the support provided so far & rdquor ;, he celebrated warning that as the war drags on his country will need support. more weapons and, particularly, long-range artillery and air defense systems.

More sanctions

Kuleba has taken advantage of to remind the Twenty-seven that it is “naive” to think that Moscow's objective is only Ukraine and has warned that Vladimir Putin's plan”It is not only to destroy my country, but to plunge the whole of Europe into a crisis” using any possible weapon as a “blackmail” weapon, be it energy, the increase in This is why it has celebrated maintaining the pressure with a seventh package of sanctions that the permanent ambassadors of the EU will complete. He will polish it in the next few hours or days, although in his opinion it is still short.

The main novelty is the ban on importing gold from Russia, to align its position with that of the G7, as well as the such as closing possible loopholes so that no one evades sanctions and the inclusion of new leaders and oligarchs. In recent days, the response has once again suffered an internal smear campaign by Hungary, which considers the measures counterproductive for the European economy. “It is completely false”, the head of European diplomacy has reacted, giving as an example the rise in the price of oil which, “began It was going up a month before the war”, but since the adoption of sanctions it has fallen to the level it was before the start of the war.

According to Borrell, the EU they face a test of resistance and “we have to have enough resistance to continue supporting Ukraine. We have no other solution (and) they don't either”, he warned. Meanwhile, the Spanish foreign minister, José Manuel Albares has not perceived any fissure between the delegations.”There is a dialogue and there may be nuances from one country to another, but the important thing is not the nuances, because they are small, but What is the final result? And we all agree that sanctions are the right decision, they have to continue and we have to perfect them”, he said after the meeting.

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