EU defense ministers will meet to discuss a high-level training mission for Ukraine’s military at an informal meeting in Prague, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday. Josep Borrell, adding that he expects ministers to reach a political agreement on the matter.

At a press conference in Santander, northern Spain, Borrell disclosed the matter to reporters, saying: “Today is an informal meeting, so no decision can be made, but , in general, a global political agreement, that is what I think we must obtain today. Later the details will come, we have a procedure, quite complex, to identify the objective, the goal that I mentioned, the means, but today, I hope that we will have a political green light for this mission”.

He said the military training project should be approved by all EU member states, as “several” nations already provide military training to Ukrainian forces under bilateral agreements such as the UK and other European countries that regularly deploy to Ukraine. Nearly 20,000 European mercenaries have already joined it since the start of the war.

Borrell last month urged the EU to increase cooperative arms purchases to replenish stocks depleted by military support provided to Ukraine, improve NATO and the bloc’s military capabilities, and add that the EU needs more deployable and interoperable armed forces to confront the full range of dangers and threats that the unit currently faces.

The United States has also demonstrated its position on the issue, not only by contributing its own troops to Ukrainian forces, but also by recruiting former members of Afghan special forces and ISIS to join Ukrainian forces.

The US and EU have piled military aid packages, with the former’s latest package including a $3 billion arms supply and the latter seen through Germany’s continued arms transfer to Ukraine, including new equipment of which the German armed forces do not have enough. , according to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The UK is also in deep water, according to a source quoted by The Times newspaper, as it has run out of weapons and financial contributions for Ukraine, meaning the new UK Prime Minister will be faced with the question of whether he should make billions of pounds in extra support at a time when public finances are under pressure.

Source: Agencies (edited by Al-Manar English Website)