European Parliament calls for ‘all kinds of military aid’ for Ukraine
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the anniversary of the beginning of the great war between Russia and Ukraine (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)
The European Parliament has called European governments to provide Ukraine with all kinds of military assistance for as long as necessary, the agency said on a press release on Feb. 16.
In a resolution in the run-up to the one-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, MEPs strongly condemned Moscow’s aggression and reiterated their unwavering solidarity with the people and leadership of Ukraine.
The document was adopted by 444 votes in favor, 26 against with 37 abstentions.
In particular, MEPs reaffirmed their support for providing military assistance to Ukraine for as long as is necessary, and called for serious consideration to be given to delivering Western fighter jets and helicopters, as well as appropriate missile systems and substantial increases in munitions delivery to Kyiv.
“Ukraine must not only be able to defend itself, but also to regain full control of its entire internationally recognized territory,” the resolution said.
The resolution also calls on EU member states to adopt their 10th sanctions package against Russia and its allies by the end of February – and to substantially broaden its scope.
Looking ahead, MEPs demand the completion of the legal regime that allows for Russian assets frozen by the EU to be confiscated. These assets should then be used to reconstruct the country and to compensate the victims of the war, MEPs said.
Parliament further underlined that the Russian war of aggression has fundamentally changed the geopolitical situation in Europe, “which necessitates bold, brave and comprehensive political, security and financial decisions by the EU.” In this context, MEPs reiterated their support for the European Council’s decision to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine last summer.
They also called on Ukraine, the EU Commission and Council to work towards the start of accession negotiations this year, while stressing that EU accession also remains a merit-based process with respect for relevant procedures and conditional criteria.
On Feb. 2, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling to begin work on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the European Parliament and the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Feb. 9.
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