Hungary blocks allocation of €500 million of EU military aid to Ukraine

EUROPEAN PRAVDA — THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY 2023, 20:34

Hungary has blocked the allocation to Ukraine of the seventh tranche of €500 million from the European Peace Fund, which is intended for military aid.

Source: high-ranking EU diplomat in a comment to RMF FM, Polish news agency; European Pravda

Details: Until now, Hungary, which does not provide Ukraine with any weapons, has refrained from making decisions about the next tranches of aid from the European Peace Fund and has not blocked this support.

Budapest’s veto is causing growing outrage among EU diplomats because it has no justification other than that it favours Russia. European Union countries are expected to put pressure on Budapest at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.

However, the EU has a backup plan: it was already used when Hungary blocked €18 billion of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine in early December 2022.

Then the European Union adopted a decision that would allow this aid to be provided bypassing Hungary. This was enough for Hungary to give in, and the aid package was eventually approved by the 27 EU countries.

Thus, if Budapest does not give up its veto, the EU can also take a similar decision in 26 countries, RMF FM sources among diplomats in Brussels suggest. “It is difficult for a small pro-Russian state, which has exemptions from all sanctions, to dictate the position of the entire EU,” said one of them.

Background:
The budget of the European Peace Fund, of which the seventh tranche for the purchase of weapons for Ukraine has been blocked by Hungary, is €5.6 billion. For 2023, it was increased by two billion euros, with the possibility of a further increase to almost €11 billion.

Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, said that since the first day of the full-scale invasion of the war, the European Union and its member states have allocated €50 billion in aid to Ukraine.

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4 comments

    • Germany France Hungary…. do you really think Ukraine or any Eastern European country with similar values join a bullshit organization like the EU or NATO?

      • I would like to see the Eastern European nations form their own EU, call it the EEU. They all know the threat better than anyone and usually end up protecting Europe anyway. I agree with you. Who would join NATO after watching them hide under their desks and dangle membership for Ukraine for more than 15 years?

        • Yes, and we’ve said this all along. Ukraine is much better off creating its own defensive organization, one with true friends who are not afraid of mafia land or are their ass-giving street whores, like Hungary and germanystan.

What is your opinion?