Chancellor Scholz to Rally EU for Increased Military Aid to Ukraine at Upcoming Summit

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.10 - 2024 9:24 AM CET

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Chancellor Scholz to Rally EU for Increased Military Aid to Ukraine at Upcoming Summit.

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In a strategic move to bolster Ukraine's defense against Russia's invasion, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to urge European Union allies to enhance their military support.

This push for increased aid is expected to be a focal point at the forthcoming EU summit in February, as reported by Politico on January 9, citing a German official.

Germany's Evolving Stance on Military Aid

Initially criticized for its hesitant response post-Russia's invasion, Germany, as the EU's largest economy, has notably amplified its military assistance to Ukraine. It now stands as the second-highest contributor of military aid to Ukraine, following the United States. Despite this significant increase, Scholz emphasized at a January 8 press conference that Germany's efforts alone are insufficient for Ukraine's long-term security.

Scholz's appeal to EU members underscores the necessity for a more robust collective effort. He expressed that the current planned weapons deliveries from most EU states fall short of what is required to secure Ukraine's defense effectively.

Financial Support for Ukraine

The summit is also set to address the proposed 50 billion euro financial aid package for Ukraine. This package, initially stalled by Hungary's objection in December, is crucial for Ukraine's economic stability amidst the conflict. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, expressing confidence in the package's eventual approval, hinted at the possibility of modifying the aid format to overcome Hungary's opposition.

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