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EU military stocks ‘exhausted’ – Borrell – RT World News

Brussels bureaucrat insists military-industrial complex needs more investment to keep arming Ukraine

European Union members must devote more resources to building up their military capabilities to ensure the continued flow of weapons “until Ukraine wins” on Russia, said the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, acknowledging that insufficient preparation has led to member states’ arsenals being laid bare.

“We gave weapons to Ukraine, but in doing so we realized that our military stocks were exhausted,” he added. he wrote in a blog post on Sunday. “And we should be able to do that for as long as necessary, until Ukraine wins.”

The situation “has been a wake-up call for all of us about our military capabilities”, he lamented, reiterating his assessment from last week that the EU is “lacking critical defense capabilities.”

While admitting that “we do not make war with banknotes”, and grateful “there is a long way between the allocation of money and the development of physical and human operational capacities”, Borrell welcomed the fact that EU defense spending exceeded the level of 200 billion euros for the first time in 2021.

Borrell also noted that unchecked military spending in the name of aiding Ukraine’s defeat of Russia has brought the EU and its member countries closer to the NATO benchmark of 2% military spending to GDP that ‘they haven’t been in years, while the European Defense Agency – which it also spearheads – saw a record 52 billion euros ($54.7 billion) in investment in defense.

As of last month, the EU and its member states together committed more than $11 billion in purely military aid to Ukraine in 2022, according to statistics compiled by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The United Kingdom and Canada provided an additional $5.5 billion, while the main donor, the United States, sent at least $22.8 billion worth of weapons.

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Ukraine’s Western backers, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, have pledged to continue supplying arms to Kyiv “as long as it takes” a phrase both leaders, as well as US President Joe Biden, have frequently used to refer to their multi-billion dollar arms shipments.

Moscow has long warned the West against sending weapons to Kiev, saying it would only prolong the fighting and increase the risk of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO, while making West a de facto participant. In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that “virtually all stocks of NATO arsenals were thrown away to support the kyiv regime.”

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