Borrell at the Munich Conference: to arm Ukraine is the first and most urgent matter
February 20, 2023

Borrell at the Munich Conference: to arm Ukraine is the first and most urgent matter


The European Union has to increase and accelerate its military support to Ukraine, EU High Representative Josep Borrell said in his speech at the Munich Security Conference that took place from 17 to 19 February.

He said that this is “the first and most urgent thing that a geopolitical Europe has to do”, because Ukraine is critically short of ammunition, adding that this “a matter of weeks”

“We have been taking too much time to take critical decisions for providing battle tanks. And this, when everybody knows that to win a war, a classical war, with trenches, and heavy arms, you need battle tanks, you will not win this war without these kinds of arms,” said Borrell.

He added that EU Ministers of Defence have to take this kind of decision at the upcoming meeting on 7-8 March, where the European Commission “will propose to accelerate the process that is already ongoing”

As a medium-term case, he cited the need to further increase the defence capabilities of EU countries, but added that “this will not happen overnight”.

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