STOCKHOLM (European Union)EUWednesday was a day of discussion for the defense ministers. to Take control of their stockpiles to One billion Euros worth of rush ammunition to Ukraine Place joint orders for More to Ensure that supplies continue to flow.
UkraineWestern supporters of the organization warn Kyiv The Russian military is fighting a desperate shortage of 155-millimetre howitzers shells. It fires hundreds every day to counter the Russian advance.
In Stockholm, ministers met with Oleksiy Rynikov from Ukraine to discuss a trio of issues to Meet the immediate requirements of Kyiv and support Europe’s defense industry for For the long term.
“Our priority number one is air defence systems, and also ammunition, ammunition and again ammunition,” Reznikov stated this as he arrived for Meeting.
This is the first section of the planAs stated by the EUThe foreign policy department of the bloc sees a use for a billion euro ($1.06 billion) in its joint funds. European Peace Facility to get member states to Send shells to their stock to Kyiv in just a few weeks
UkraineThe European Allies of NATO have depleted their stocks and committed 12 billion Euros in military support. Additionally, the Joint Fund contributed 3.6 billion Euros.
It is unclear how many European shells Europe could spare, without making Europe too vulnerable. Defense ministers will be answering these questions. to provide details.
“I don’t know which is the level of stockpiles, that is why we are here together,” EU Josep Borrell, foreign policy chief, said.
Second part plan It is to Pool EU Ukraine demands to Massive joint orders would encourage ammunition Producing companies to Increase their capabilities.
This is a significant shift for The push has been accelerated by the bloc of 27 nations as Russia’s war. to coordinate more on defence.
Baltic state Estonia originally proposed that four billion Euros be spent on one million shells for Ukraine Wants more funds to be committed.
However EU Officials claim that the money is safe. to Protective cover UkraineOne billion more euros could provide the funds for his needs.
“It’s not enough because we need one million rounds, and approximately it should be four billion euros,” Reznikov said.
“We need more.”
EU According to officials, they believe to Agree on a firm plan to Please send this ammunition to Ukraine by the meeting of foreign ministers, March 20,
– “War economy mode” – EU Countries are considering whether or not the bloc’s central defense agency, or its member states with greater experience, should be negotiating contracts. This is a response to a strong desire to Do not let bureaucracy slow down your process.
The purchase of a home is another topic that has been disputed. ammunition As some claim, the priority should not be helping European industry but speeding up.
“If there are other deliveries from other states, I don’t think we should exclude that possibility,” Pal Jonson, Sweden’s Defense Minister, stated.
“I think the focus should be on helping Ukraine and finding the best way to accomplish it.”
Additionally, it is clear that there are more pressing needs after decades of low investment following the Cold War. to Do it to get EU defence firms to You can increase your output quickly.
“We are at a decisive moment in our support to Ukraine and it is absolutely mandatory that we move towards a sort of war economy mode,” EU Thierry Breton, internal market commissioner.
“We need definitely to make sure that we can increase drastically our capacity to produce more in Europe,” He said.
Boris Pistorius, the German Defense Minister, said that calls were not being answered. to It was too much to place Europe’s economy in a state of war.
“This would be a fatal signal” Since it would signify that “we subordinate everything to the production of weapons and munitions,” He said.
“We — the European Union and Germany — are not at war.”