23 Jan 2023 21:51

EU foreign ministers approve another 500 mln euros in military aid for Ukraine - Borrell

BRUSSELS. Jan 23 (Interfax) - The foreign ministers of the European Union member countries on Monday approved a new military aid package of 500 million euros for Ukraine, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said.

"Today, we reached a political agreement for the seventh tranche of military support with an additional 500 million euros," Borrell said at a press conference following a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council.

This money intended to finance arms deliveries will be allocated from the European Peace Facility (EPF), he said.

Furthermore, the ministers agreed to use 45 million euros from the EPF to fund the training of Ukrainian military personnel under the EU's training mission programs, he said.

The decision adopted at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting will bring the amount of EPF military aid to Ukraine to 3.6 billion euros, Borrell said.

Meanwhile, the overall amount of the EU's assistance for Ukraine, including military, economic and humanitarian assistance, stands at nearly 50 billion euros, he said.

"Keep in mind a figure of 49 billion euros, it is the total amount of support to Ukraine military, financial, economic, and humanitarian, almost 50 billion euros," Borrell said.