EU members agree 2bn-euro Ukraine artillery supply plan
Brussels, Mar 20 (EFE).- European Union members on Monday gave their political backing to a 2 billion euro plan to deliver one million rounds of artillery to Ukraine over the next year.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s chief diplomat, announced the deal after a meeting of EU foreign and defense ministers.
“A historic decision,” he said on Twitter, outlining a three part plan that will involve EU member states committing to sending 1 billion-euro-worth of artillery from their stocks to Ukraine and another 1 billion for joint procurement as well as setting up a commission to speed up artillery production.
The policy, initially proposed by Estonia, pertains mainly to 155mm caliber artillery rounds.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, added: “Ukrainian soldiers are showing great courage and tenacity. But they need ammunition. I welcome today’s agreement aiming to deliver 1 million rounds of ammunition over the next 12 months.”.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s defense minister, thanked the EU member states for their decision on Monday.
“The EU once again demonstrates resolute leadership in the face of historic challenges posed by Russian aggression,” he said on Twitter. EFE