The European Union is working on a document that will ensure the security commitments of member states to Ukraine. This was reported by Bloomberg.
Journalists write that the EU has provided member states a basis for providing Ukraine with long-term military aid. The draft document will be discussed by the bloc's ambassadors this week and by the leaders of the countries in December. It will also form the basis of Kyiv's consultations with the G7 countries.
At the NATO summit in Vilnius, the G7 agreed to provide security guarantees to Ukraine to deter Russian aggression in the future. In return, Ukraine pledged to continue reforms in the judicial, law enforcement, and defense sectors.
The EU program includes the following proposals:
- A "predictable, effective, sustainable and long-term" mechanism for supplying military equipment to Ukraine that mobilizes the European defense industry;
- Training of the Ukrainian military;
- Expanding cooperation with the Ukrainian defense industry to increase capacity and harmonize standards;
- Strengthening Ukraine's ability to counter hybrid and cyber threats, as well as disinformation;
- Mine clearance support;
- Assisting Ukraine with reforms for EU accession, as well as increasing its capacity to control stockpiles of firearms, small arms and ammunition to counter any illegal trafficking;
- Supporting the country's energy transition and nuclear security efforts;
- Exchange of intelligence and satellite images.
The document states that the supply of weapons will continue through the European Peace Fund, a mechanism that reimburses member states for what they supply to Ukraine.
However, according to one European diplomat, the EU's original plan to provide €20 billion over four years for weapons to Ukraine is at risk of failing because the partners could not agree on terms.
Instead, the Europeans hope to agree on a €5 billion allocation for 2024 with commitments to continue support in the future.