Borrell: EU to consider proposals to speed up delivery of artillery shells to Ukraine

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Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has expressed readiness to discuss options to speed up the supply of artillery shells to Ukraine in accordance with the EU plan.

Source: Borrell at a press conference on Wednesday in Toledo, Spain, reported by European Pravda

Details: The EU's top diplomat previously noted that member states have jointly delivered around 224,000 artillery shells and about 2,300 missiles from their stockpiles, while work on the other tracks - contracts with private businesses and the expansion of domestic production - continues.

Asked whether he was concerned about the slow progress in supplying artillery shells to Ukraine, Borrell said the EU would consider Slovakia's proposal to modernise outdated shells.

"If member states are unable to provide more from their stockpiles, this is only an incentive for them to increase production capacity and do so faster and better. Más y más rápido (more and faster)," he said.

Previously: In March, the Council of the European Union approved a three-track plan to supply Ukraine with one million artillery shells: (1) supplying from its own stockpiles; (2) signing contracts with private companies; and (3) ramping up its own production.

The two-billion-euro plan provides for the supply of one million rounds of ammunition to Ukraine within 12 months.

As part of the third track, the Ammunition Support Act Production (ASAP) Regulation, developed in the European Union to increase the production of ammunition and missiles, came into force in July.

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