Brussels acknowledges the depletion of stockpiles of weapons due to the conflict in Ukraine


In Europe, due to the shipment of a large number of weapons to Ukraine, there is a shortage of their own military stocks. This, in particular, was written on May 22 in his blog by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.


The depletion of combat stocks as a result of our military assistance to Ukraine is the most obvious example of our shortcomings.

- said the European official.

One of the reasons for this situation, Borrell called the reduction of funds in the EU allocated for military purposes. Thus, as a result of the crisis of 2008, the European Union constantly reduced the amount of funding for the defense sector, and in 2014 these spending reached a minimum. Only this year, the level of military spending reached pre-crisis levels.

At the same time, from 1999 to 2021, European defense spending increased by only 20 percent, while defense spending in the United States increased by 66 percent over the same period, and by 292 percent in Russia.

Meanwhile, despite the depletion of arms stocks in the EU as a whole, Berlin continues to supply Kyiv with lethal weapons, which include interceptors, anti-tank weapons and various types of ammunition. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced the allocation of funds for these purposes to the relevant branches of German industry.
  • Used photos: http://www.president.gov.ua/
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 23 May 2022 14: 09
    +1
    Does the EU include a program for its citizens - "Guns instead of butter"?
    The gentlemen of the capitalists are following the true step of the collapsed USSR. Coupons for sugar and butter have not been introduced yet?
  2. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
    Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 23 May 2022 14: 25
    -3
    In the photo, the Soviet "Shilka".
    How were they going to attack Russia if they had exhausted their stocks of weapons in the rather modest scale of the North-Eastern Military District?
    1. vo2022smysl Offline vo2022smysl
      vo2022smysl (Common sense) 23 May 2022 19: 54
      +1
      Who knows what they were going to do...
      1. Oleg Rambover Offline Oleg Rambover
        Oleg Rambover (Oleg Pitersky) 23 May 2022 21: 00
        -3
        Well, of course, from every TV they said that NATO dreams of capturing the natural resources of Russia. And such an event should be comparable to the Second World War. And their weapons end up in an operation that is incomparable even with the Winter War.