The EU claims in kyiv as the main and most solid support for Ukraine

The European Union (EU) put aside the disagreements between some of its members regarding military and economic assistance to Ukraine and claimed today with an unprecedented meeting of its foreign ministers in Kiev as the main and stronger support for the Ukrainian cause.

“We remain united, I do not see any Member State that wavers in its commitment to Ukraine,” said Borrell when asked about the voices within the Union that advocate stopping sending aid to Ukraine.

The Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, who also represented the Spanish presidency of the EU today in kyiv, spoke in the same vein.

“Today we were all around the table, all 27 of us, and no one has disagreed, we have all agreed that we have to continue supporting Ukraine for as long as necessary,” said Albares, who added that this support also includes “helping to Ukraine on its way to the European Union.”

The demonstration of unity was also highlighted by the recipient of these messages of solidarity, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba, who congratulated himself on the “consensus” among all his EU colleagues on the need to help Ukraine accelerate your path to European integration.

The EU, leader in aid for Ukraine

The public events of the event were marked by questions from journalists about the recent approval, by the United States Congress, of a budget extension that does not include aid items to Ukraine.

Although both Borrell and Kuleba expressed confidence that the US legislature will reach an agreement to guarantee the continuity of aid, the high representative for EU foreign policy insisted on highlighting the reliability and volume of European aid.

“The EU is and will continue to be Ukraine’s main support,” Borrell wrote in one of his messages today on social networks.

A powerful symbolism

Upon arrival at the meeting, Borrell himself made it clear that in this type of meeting no specific decisions are made (the Spanish politician defined it as a “brainstorming”, or “storm of ideas”).

But, also in the words of the Spanish politician, the fact that the foreign ministers of the European Union met for the first time in its history outside the borders of the EU itself and in a country and a capital at war that are bombed daily is a powerful message, both for Ukraine and for Russia, that Ukrainians have been able to read.

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy repeated several times during the day that the meeting was taking place “outside the current borders of the EU” but “within its future borders.”

For his part, President Zelensky spoke by phone after participating in the meeting with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to whom he posed a question that reinforces the idea that Ukraine is already, in a certain sense, a member in spirit of the Union.

“I have spoken with Von der Leyen to coordinate positions before important international events,” Zelensky wrote on his X social network account.

Weapons and financing

At a more concrete level, the high representative for foreign policy of the EU reaffirmed that he will propose that the review of the multi-year budgets that must be carried out this year include an item of 5,000 million euros of the aid promised for the coming years to Ukraine.

For his part, Kuleba called on his EU colleagues to approve a new package of sanctions against Russia, focused on its military and nuclear industries and containing measures to prevent Moscow from circumventing the sanctions already in force.

The Member States also committed to continue sending weapons and ammunition, and to work, with the support of the European Commission, on the development of joint production of military material.

Beyond symbolism, the first touchstone for Ukraine’s European aspirations will come at the end of this year, when member states decide whether the country is ready for accession negotiations to begin.

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga