EU doubles military aid to Ukraine to 1 billion euros ahead of Biden visit

The 27 member states of the European Union on Wednesday gave the green light to provide an additional 500 million euros in military aid to Ukraine, ahead of a summit of European Union leaders to discuss Russia's invasion of the country with US President Joe Biden.

EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell said the EU continues to support Ukraine against Russia and the suffering that "affects the Ukrainian people".

With this amount, the total amount of military aid provided by the bloc to Ukraine doubles to one billion euros, after a previous package of 500 million euros, which was announced last February.

For the first time in history, sending arms to a non-EU country that is under attack.
However, the decision to approve a second batch was not smooth.

Earlier this month, Borrell announced the next batch of aid before EU governments agreed.

EU treaties prevent the bloc from using EU budget funds for military projects. Ukraine's first defense contribution came in the form of a €500 million mechanism that was funded separately from EU member states.

EU member states have also provided arms to Ukraine through bilateral efforts independent of the bloc.

Biden is due to discuss the conflict in Ukraine with European Union leaders at a summit on Thursday after a meeting of NATO leaders at the Western Alliance headquarters in Brussels.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to address Biden and 29 other NATO leaders via video link, and will speak again to the President of the United States and European Union leaders later that day.

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