Ukraine: EU ministers discuss urgent needs and security commitments 
October 24, 2023

Ukraine: EU ministers discuss urgent needs and security commitments 

EU Foreign Ministers meeting in Luxembourg yesterday discussed the Russian aggression against Ukraine, focusing on short and long-term support.

The Foreign Affairs Council on 23 October discussed how to best meet Ukraine’s most urgent needs – including through more air defence and ammunition. They then exchanged views on concrete proposals for EU’s future security commitments to Ukraine.

Security commitments – combining traditional military assistance, with other elements focused on cyber security, de-mining and the overall strengthening of the resilience of Ukraine – will help Ukraine not only defend itself, but also deter acts of potential future aggression and resist destabilisation efforts, a press release said.

EU High Representative Josep Borrell also stressed the need to strengthen the EU defence industry by ramping up the production of ammunition, so as to meet Ukraine’s needs, and replenish EU stocks. Cooperation between the European and Ukrainian defence industries should also be strengthened, in full respect of the security and defence policy of the member states and their constitutional constraints.

Ministers also touched on how to best support Ukraine’s Peace Formula, with the aim to ensure the broadest possible support in the United Nations.

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