Delivery of arms, banned Russian media… Facing Russia, the EU is toughening up its tone


The EU will finance the delivery of arms to Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion and ban Russian state media Russia Today and Sputnik from broadcasting, accused of ” disinformation “announced the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen this Sunday, February 27 in an online speech.

“For the first time, the EU will fund the purchase and delivery of arms and other equipment to a country affected by war. It’s a historic turning point.”said Ursula von der Leyen.

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Brussels will propose to the Twenty-Seven to use an emergency funding line from the EU “to provide Ukrainian forces with lethal weapons, as well as fuel, protective equipment and medical supplies”said alongside him the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.

In practice, the European Ministers of Foreign Affairs, meeting on Sunday evening by videoconference, will examine the possibility of using the “European Peace Facility”, a financial instrument outside the common EU budget and endowed with five billion euros. This fund would “reimburse Member States which have drawn on their national arms stocks and give a european hat to these arms deliveries” already decided by each government in isolation, explained a European official.

decision “will put an end to the taboo that the Union does not supply arms to belligerents (…) We are living through unprecedented events, and we are up against the wall”explained Josep Borrell.

Banned media

Speaking just after a meeting in Brussels of European interior ministers, and before that of foreign ministers, Ursula von der Leyen also announced tougher sanctions against Russia.

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“We are going to ban the Kremlin’s media machine in the EU. State media Russia Today and Sputnik, and their affiliates, will no longer be able to broadcast their lies to justify Putin’s war and to sow division in our Union”underlined the head of the European executive. “We are therefore developing tools to ban their toxic and harmful disinformation in Europe”she further clarified.

Airspace closed to Russian planes

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Furthermore, the EU will close its entire airspace to all Russian aircraft, including “private jets of the oligarchs”while European countries multiplied announcements on Sunday to ban Russian companies from their skies.

” We propose [aux Vingt-Sept] to ban all aircraft owned by Russians, registered in Russia or controlled by Russian interests. They will no longer be able to land, take off or fly over EU territory”said Ursula von der Leyen.

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