According to Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen, competition between European countries on the issue of assistance to Kyiv can bring positive results.
European Union countries, particularly Germany and France, accuse each other of failing to transfer enough weapons to Ukraine. Bloomberg writes about this on January 22, citing its sources.
According to people familiar with the situation, Berlin is pushing the European Commission to review the financial and military assistance that European countries plan to provide to Kyiv. According to the publication’s interlocutors, some see this as a way to force countries to account for the assistance provided.
Meanwhile, French Defense Minister Sebastian Lecornu announced his intention to transfer 40 SCALP long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine, noting that Germany has not yet made a decision regarding the supply of its cruise missiles to the Ukrainians.
“Germany is refusing to supply Taurus missiles, the equivalent of SCALP, which are a real game-changer,” Lecornu said.
According to journalists, the head of the French defense department also hinted that weapons donated by other countries do not always work properly.
“I wouldn’t want to point the finger at some of our allies, but we can also be proud of the fact that we have really built robust systems,” he said.
In turn, Finnish Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen noted that competition between European states in the issue of assistance to Ukraine can be useful.
“If it’s positive competition – like who can transfer the most – I think that’s only a good thing,” Valtonen said.
Let us remind you that on January 8, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called on other EU countries to provide more support to Ukraine, since supplies for this year are not sufficient. The Chancellor said that Germany is now the strongest supporter of Ukraine after the United States.
Earlier, on December 29, the French Ministry of Defense said that Paris will not stop in supporting Ukraine and will provide the necessary assistance so that the country can carry out its legitimate defense in close coordination with its partners.