Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer suggested that his country, along with other neutral EU states, would not endorse a proposition to offer security guarantees to Ukraine on behalf of the EU, German broadcaster DW reported on June 29.
Nehammer asserted that Austria would resist a proposal to offer joint post-war security guarantees to Ukraine from the EU, noting that Ireland, Cyprus, and Malta share this viewpoint.
"As neutral states, it is clear to us that security guarantees in this form (on behalf of the EU) cannot exist," said Nehammer.
The proposal in question aims to craft EU security guarantees for Ukraine, potentially including a pledge of military aid should the country face another attack. Such commitments would be incumbent upon all EU nations, including those adhering to a policy of neutrality and not part of NATO.
Earlier on June 29, the Financial Times reported plans by the European Union to propose security agreements to Ukraine with the intention to ensure long-term security of the country.
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