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The EU explores the joint purchase of arms for Ukraine

The European Union is urgently exploring the possibility of its member states joining together to buy ammunition to help Ukraine, following warnings from Kiev that its forces need more supplies quickly.

The EU foreign affairs ministers discussed on Monday the idea of ​​making joint arms purchases. But Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, has warned that it would take time and that Ukraine badly needs it.

“It is clear that we need to intensify our joint efforts, especially through possible procurement at the European level, to address Ukraine’s urgent needs. But it is also clear that in the coming weeks the best way to provide Ukraine with ammunition is to share stocks. of existing ammunition from European armies. We don’t have to wait for them to be produced. We have to use what has already been produced in an arsenal or what has already been contracted and will be produced in the coming days,” Borrell explained.

The joint purchase of arms could be similar to the anticipated purchase of coronavirus vaccines by the EU, Ursula Von der Leyen assured in Munich this weekend.

Estonia has suggested a joint purchase of much-needed 155-millimeter artillery shells for kyiv. “The cost would be four million euros. If we compare the figures currently available, Russia uses daily the equivalent of what the European Union produces per month. So, taking into account the current capacity of the military industry, we could satisfy Ukraine’s needs in six years, which is totally unacceptable,” said Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu.

Josep Borrell has also ensured that the tenth package of sanctions against Russia must be adopted before the end of this week, which marks one year of the war in Ukraine.

Source: Euronews Español

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