In his recent statement, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz emphasized the “insufficiency” of weapon deliveries by most European Union countries to Ukraine amidst Russia’s ongoing war, Reuters reported. He urged EU allies to bolster their efforts in supporting Kyiv.
This call comes at a critical time when American military assistance to Ukraine faces delays in the US Congress.
Last year, Germany committed to doubling its military aid to Ukraine in 2024, reaching a total of 8 billion euros ($8.8 billion). Despite this, Scholz stressed that Germany’s contribution alone is insufficient for Ukraine’s long-term security.
“As significant as the German contribution is, it will not be enough to ensure Ukraine’s security in the long run. Therefore I call on allies in the European Union to strengthen their efforts regarding Ukraine. The planned weapons deliveries to Ukraine of most EU member states are not enough,” Scholz stated.
The German chancellor has requested the EU to verify the planned deliveries by individual member states, as some may not be fully accounted for. He expressed confidence that the EU would approve a proposed 50 billion-euro aid package for Ukraine at an emergency summit scheduled for 1 February. The deal had previously failed to gain consensus at an EU summit in December, primarily due to opposition from Hungary.