5 Feb 2024 17:29

EU doesn't doubt its obligations of financial, military assistance to Ukraine - Borrell's spokesperson

BRUSSELS. Feb 5 (Interfax) - The details of further EU macrofinancial and military assistance to Ukraine will be coordinated by the member states within a short period of time, Peter Stano, spokesperson for EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, said.

The European Union is aware of Ukraine's military needs, the issue was discussed at the European level three times last week: at the EU summit and at informal meetings between the ministers of foreign affairs and defense ministers, he told a briefing in Brussels.

"I think the conclusions from the European Council on Thursday [February 1] are very clear when it comes to Europe's determination to continue helping Ukraine, the outcomes of the informal meeting of the defense ministers as well. The foreign ministers only confirmed that the European Union will continue supporting Ukraine not only for as long as it is needed but also with whatever is needed. And 50-billion [euro] fund for Ukraine was already agreed by member states, and the specific Ukraine assistance fund within the [European Peace Facility] EPF is also something that got endorsement from the European Council," Stano said.

Responding to a follow-up question, Stano confirmed that the proposal on the Ukraine assistance fund in the European fund remains the same: five billion euros a year. At the same time, the member states continue discussing the financing details, he said.