The European Union is considering the possibility of establishing its own military training mission in Ukraine. This is reported by Welt am Sonntag with reference to documents from the European External Action Service (EEAS).
The document says that the creation of the mission will be "an expression of solidarity" with Ukraine, given the "ongoing military activity of Russia" near the Ukrainian borders and in Crimea. It will be called the EU Military Advisory and Training Mission Ukraine (EUATM).
In addition to a potential independent military training mission, the EU Foreign Office under the leadership of Josep Borrell also mentions three other ways in which the EU could contribute to improving the capabilities of the Ukrainian army. Including, the advisory mission on reforming the civilian security sector (EUAT), which has been operating since 2014, can be expanded, the draft document says.
According to Welt am Sonntag, this document was recently discussed for the first time in Brussels at the level of the Political and Security Committee. According to the newspaper, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Poland, Romania and Slovakia, are especially insisting on the creation of an independent mission for military training. In this they are supported by Sweden and Finland.
Meanwhile,the Foreign Ministry has assured that the EU has no grounds for cancelation of the visa-free regime with Ukraine.