EU’s depleted military stocks help Ukraine – Borrell
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Sunday the bloc had depleted its military stockpiles as it continued to supply arms to Ukraine amid ongoing hostilities .
“We gave arms to Ukraine, but in doing so we realized that our military stocks were exhausted,” he said in a statement.
Borrell also pointed out that the conflict in Ukraine had been “a wake-up call” for the European Union about its military capabilities.
This is at least the second time that Borrell has warned of the depletion of Europe’s military stocks.
In September, Borrell said that “the military stocks of most [European NATO] member states have been, I wouldn’t say exhausted, but exhausted in a high proportion, because we have provided a lot of capabilities to the Ukrainians. »
At the United Nations General Assembly meeting that month, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO members needed to reinvest in their arms industry.