The Czech Republic wants the EU to buy ammunition for Ukraine outside the EU as well

The Czech Republic wants the EU to buy ammunition for Ukraine outside the EU as well
The Czech Republic wants the EU to buy ammunition for Ukraine outside the EU as well
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The Czech Republic wants the European Union to buy ammunition for Ukraine outside the EU member states as well. With reference to diplomatic sources, the Brussels server Politico reported about it. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský confirmed these Czech efforts today.

He stated that the Czech Republic brought up this topic in Brussels, because it is concerned with the result, which should be for Ukraine to have enough ammunition and thus be able to defend itself against Russian aggression.

The European Union promised Ukraine last year that it would deliver one million pieces of artillery ammunition by the end of March this year, but so far it has delivered only about 330,000 pieces. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell recently said he expected the figure to rise by around 200,000 by March, bringing the union to around 52 percent of its target. According to him, the EU will provide the Ukrainians with a million rounds of ammunition by the end of the year.

France, which is the EU’s leader in the defense industry, has always sought to ensure that ammunition supplies come from local sources, the website Politico wrote. However, the Union armaments do not even have time to produce such a large quantity, and for this reason the Czechs came up with a proposal that the EU should also look beyond its borders for artillery ammunition.

The Czech foreign minister “finds it very logical” that ammunition should be available outside the European Union. Lipavský said this today in Brussels, where he is participating in an informal meeting of heads of EU diplomacy. “We will see how successful we are in our endeavor,” he added. Now it is up to the other EU states to support this proposal. According to Politico, the Czech Republic would like to turn to arms companies in, for example, South Korea, Turkey or the Republic of South Africa. (ČTK, Politico)

The article is in Czech

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