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Relieved by US progress on aid to Ukraine, Europe grapples with its own support for kyiv – POLITICO

“Our own duties”

Some European leaders used the US vote to call on Europe not to become complacent and lose momentum now that new support from Washington is expected to arrive in kyiv soon.

“I hope this vote will encourage all allies to search their warehouses and do more” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said on X.

“It is also time to remember that the EU must now increase its own production of arms, ammunition and supplies to help Ukraine in the long term,” said Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström. “Tonight’s vote shows the need for this. We also have to do our own homework,” he added.

His Czech counterpart, Jan Lipavský, echoed this sentiment, saying: “Europe must also do more. Our hesitation and indecision to effectively support Ukraine only motivate the Kremlin to further aggression that costs even more lives.”

A crucial test for Europe will come on Monday, when the EU’s 27 foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg to plan future military aid to kyiv. Ukrainian foreign and defense ministers are expected to join the discussion virtually.

Ahead of the weekend, European NATO allies pledged to step up the delivery of readily available air defense systems to Ukraine, according to Stoltenberg.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, a key official behind the latest push for additional air defense systems for kyiv, welcomed the US legislative decision.

“It’s a day of optimism for Ukraine (and) European security,” Baerbock said on X.


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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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