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The European Union agreed on a package of around 540 million dollars to arm Ukraine

The foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) agreed on Monday to implement an additional package of 500 million euros (about 540 million dollars) to finance the delivery of weapons to Ukrainesaid matching diplomatic sources.

A package of 45 million euros was also approved for the training of Ukrainian troops -around 15,000 soldiers- in the territory of the EU.

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The European ministers, meeting in Brussels, held a videoconference with the head of Ukraine’s diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, diplomats participating in the meeting told AFP.

Those 500 million euros will be used to pay countries of the bloc for the weapons and equipment sent to Ukraine.

The agenda of the meeting in Brussels is focused on discussing the situation in Ukraine and the possibility that countries of the bloc give it heavy Leopard-type tanks, produced by Germany, to face the advance of Russian troops.

Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania exert strong pressure on Germany to authorize the shipment of these tanks.

For its part, the German government has sent signals of its willingness to authorize other European countries that possess these tanks to send them to Ukraine.

Source: Elcomercio

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