Ukraine’s foreign minister names the two EU countries that don’t supply weapons to Ukraine

23 August, 12:44 PM
Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Pool)

Dmytro Kuleba (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Pool)

Among the EU countries, only Hungary and Austria are not supplying Ukraine with any weapons, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with Ukrainian television’s ICTV channel on Aug. 22.

The head of the Foreign Ministry said that in contrast to the stances of Budapest and Vienna, Ukraine is now being helped by countries that have never in their modern history supplied weapons to conflict zones, including Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands.

“With the exception of Hungary and Austria, the supply of weapons to Ukraine is not a taboo for any other European country, although it was (before),” said Kuleba.

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“Therefore, the question is not if they (EU countries) are against it, because they aren’t, but in practical terms. Many different issues appear, arguments and discussions ... how much to supply, how long it should last and where the balance is between (the countries’ own) defense needs.”

At the end of July, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry announced that they were ready to let all military aid from Western partners Ukraine pass through its territory.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó claimed that his country had refused to supply weapons to Ukraine, ostensibly to protect Hungarians in Ukraine’s far-western Transcarpathia region from Russian shelling.

Russians invasion forces have attacked mainly the south and east of Ukraine, with only a few missile attacks being made on the west of the country.

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