The European Union admits its inability to adhere to military commitments to Ukraine – rahnam

According to the report of rahnam International News Agency, Germany’s “De Sight” magazine wrote in an article: According to Germany and Ukraine, the European Union cannot fulfill its goal of sending about one million artillery shells to Ukraine by March 2024.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said at the European Union Defense Ministers’ meeting in Brussels: We have to assume that this goal will not be achieved. He asked the industry to increase its production and said that EU countries are currently working with manufacturers in this field.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kulba earlier confirmed a report that the EU would miss the delivery target. That’s because of the plight of the defense industry in the EU, and Kolba also complained about bureaucratic hurdles. On a trip to Berlin, he pointed to concerns about production capacity and said the EU was already working on a solution. “We really appreciate the EU’s support, but it should be faster and more,” Kola said.

In March, the European Union decided to deliver one million artillery shells to Ukraine within a year. This is mainly for 155 mm projectiles, which is the NATO standard for heavy artillery.

According to EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell, member states have so far released “more than 300,000” rounds from their stockpiles to Ukraine, including smaller caliber ammunition and missiles.

Burrell also admitted that further deliveries were possible only through increased weapons production. According to him, this in turn depends on the financial situation of the EU countries and specific contracts with the industry. He asked the member countries to provide figures in this field.

In the meantime, “Terry Breton”, the European Union Industry Commissioner, in a different position from the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, announced that Europe can achieve this goal. He also said that the European defense industry has already increased its capacity by 30%. “The goal will be achieved.” This industry is able to produce small bullets on time. According to him, now it depends on the member countries to conclude the contracts.

The availability of artillery ammunition plays an important role for both sides in the war and is one of the most important factors in the course of the war. Last spring and summer, Russia fired 80,000 projectiles a day, putting Ukraine under a lot of pressure.

Meanwhile, Austrian Defense Minister Claudia Tanner said: Our status as a neutral country does not allow us to deliver ammunition.

According to Tanner, a lot of effort is already being done: it’s also a question of what we can produce to be able to deliver it. He emphasized: Defense spending in Europe has decreased in recent years. Production in the arms industry takes time. It is important that we do this together. “We are living in a time of crisis, we must prepare ourselves.” Tanner has called for a common European approach.

In addition to problems with ammunition delivery, this issue is also reflected in EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell’s proposal to mobilize €20 billion in additional military aid for Ukraine from 2024 to 2027. Some member states are critical of this plan and it will probably be revised. Burrell announced on Tuesday that he will travel to Ukraine with his team at the end of November to present long-term support plans for the country. These must then be approved by EU heads of state and government at a summit in December.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized in his words: We cannot allow (Russian President Vladimir) to win, the situation in Ukraine is difficult, and this makes the increase in aid even more important. It is in our interest to support Ukraine.

“Boris Pistorius”, the Minister of Defense of Germany, also approved the new aid programs of his country to Ukraine worth at least eight billion euros. “Yes, eight billion can come. I hope they come,” he said at a meeting of EU defense ministers in Brussels. An attempt was made to start this work, but of course the parliament must decide.

At the same time, he said: “Managing this amount is not easy, but it is a strong signal that we will continue to stand by Ukraine.”

In this way, the defense ministers of the European Union were in a bad mood before the start of the Brussels meeting, and the European Union’s promise to deliver one million cannonballs to Ukraine by the spring of 2024 will probably not be fulfilled.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius was forced to admit on Tuesday morning that member states would not be able to deliver one million artillery shells to Ukraine by the end of March. He stressed: Rather, the question should be raised whether the EU’s goal to help Kiev to repel Russian aggression has always been too ambitious?

Pistorius said on Tuesday that some had called for caution on the target, saying the money was there but the production had to be sufficient. He said: “Unfortunately, the warning sounds were right and he asked the defense companies to increase their production.”

The Ukrainian government is worried that Western military supplies will face a significant reduction. While the European Union is failing to meet its goals, a debate rages in the United States about whether military support for Ukraine is still feasible given the escalation of tensions in the Middle East. Republicans in the House of Representatives are blocking a $61.4 billion arms package launched by US President Joe Biden. Last week, the Pentagon announced: We must reduce our support for Ukraine.

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