Germany is on the verge of a huge U-turn after blocking EU countries from training Ukrainian forces ahead of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country.
Last week, Spanish politician Josep Borrell, the Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to the EU, suggested that EU countries start training Ukrainian soldiers to help them in their fight against Russian aggression – a policy that the UK has already successfully implemented. .
However, this is not the first time the proposal has been presented. Just before Moscow launched its invasion in February, a similar plan was offered to EU countries to help bring Ukrainian forces up to NATO standards.
Some EU countries rejected the plan, chief among them Germany. Countries including Italy, Cyprus and Greece feared such a formation would unnecessarily escalate tensions with Russia. The training mission was supported by the Eastern and Baltic countries of the EU – the closest to Russia.
Still, Berlin pushed to send money to Kyiv, as opposed to military instructors.
In February, Putin launched his invasion, upending relations with the EU and the West. Germany, after a slow start and criticized by Kyiv, is now supplying Ukraine with weapons and equipment. It is likely that Germany will now do another U-turn and support the training of Ukrainian troops in the EU.