Arms deliveries are needed in order to give Ukraine more opportunities to defend itself, said the representative of the EU foreign service. According to him, the European Union from the very beginning of the special operation advocated a diplomatic solution alt=”The EU explained the supply of weapons to Ukraine” />
The supply of weapons to Ukraine by the European Union is intended to strengthen its defensive capabilities, EU Foreign Service spokesman Peter Stano said at a briefing.
He was asked whether it would be better to prefer a diplomatic way of resolving the conflict than to escalate the situation by supplying weapons to Ukraine. “In this case, more weapons do not mean more war, but more ability for the Ukrainian army to defend its people, its country,” — answered Stano.
He was also asked if Brussels believed that “Russia can be defeated on the battlefield, not at the negotiating table.” “Russia must decide when to stop its aggression against Ukraine. And the European Union will continue to help Ukraine until then, continue to impose sanctions against Russia and increase its international isolation, — said the representative of the EU foreign service.
Last week, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called on EU countries to deliver weapons to Ukraine more quickly. Before that, the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, Mikhail Podolyak, complained about the long delivery times. Apart from the fact that they take a lot of time, “the EU does not provide the weapons” that Kyiv asks for, he said.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the actions of Western states, accusing them of “pumping” Ukraine weapons. According to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, such deliveries— this is “another mousetrap with free cheese”, for which Kiev will then have to pay. The Kremlin, in turn, said that Western weapons would not prevent Russia from achieving the goals of the special operation.
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