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Brussels audits EU arms supplies to Ukraine

The audit was launched after the German Chancellor said that the supplies of most EU member states were too small. 

Brussels audits EU arms supplies to Ukraine
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Brussels is conducting an audit of how many weapons EU member states have provided to Ukraine since the start of the full-scale invasion. This was reported by the Financial Times.

Journalists cited three European diplomats as saying that the audit is being conducted by the EU's diplomatic service, the External Action Service (EEAS). This comes at a time when Brussels and Washington are trying to reach a political consensus that would allow them to sign new financial aid packages for Kyiv totalling about $110 billion.

The service wants to present the results of the audit before the EU leaders' summit on 1 February.

The decision to conduct the audit was made after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz demanded that the countries' military supplies to Kyiv be counted and compared.

"The arms supplies to Ukraine that most EU member states are currently planning are too small," he said last week.

His comments echoed private remarks made by officials from other EU countries about the scale of military supplies promised by other member states.

According to a study by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany has made the most expensive arms pledges in the EU. As of 31 October, its pledges totalled more than €17 billion, about five times the value of the contribution of Denmark, the next largest contributor.

Some other EU countries, particularly in the east of the bloc, are also pushing for an expansion of the European Peace Facility (EPF), a joint fund that partially finances arms supplies to Ukraine, to increase supplies and share the burden of costs among countries.

The EPF, which finances defence-related projects in third countries, has not received support since June 2023. 

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