- Hans Weber
- June 5, 2023
New Czech leader urges ‘no limits’ on aid to Ukraine
Czech President-Elect Urges Unrestricted Military Aid to Ukraine
Czech president-elect Petr Pavel, a former NATO general, has called for “no limits” on military aid to Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion. In an interview with AFP, Pavel stated that the West should provide Ukraine with all forms of weapons except nuclear arms. He emphasized that Ukraine cannot fight its opponent without modern weaponry, such as armored technology, unmanned aerial vehicles, artillery, longer-range rockets, and even supersonic aircraft. Pavel also encouraged Western allies to show more courage as some countries have a reserved stance on shipping advanced weapons. He believes that a unified stance is necessary for the best chance of success.
Pavel assured Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky of the Czech Republic’s support and plans to visit Ukraine with the Slovak President in the spring to show continued support. The Czech Republic, an EU and NATO member, has so far provided $217 million in military aid to Ukraine. Pavel also endorsed Ukraine’s bid to join the EU and NATO once the war ends, stating that if NATO and the EU are perceived as zones of stability and cooperation, another large European country deserves to join. He believes that Ukraine has met the conditions for NATO membership and will bring valuable military know-how to the table.
Pavel stressed the importance of strict implementation of sanctions against Russia to make it realize its actions go against global standards. He believes this, along with continued support for Ukraine, is the only way to end the conflict with Russia’s retreat, peace talks, the reconstruction of Ukraine, and the investigation of war crimes.
In conclusion, Czech President-Elect Petr Pavel is advocating for unrestricted military aid to Ukraine and a unified stance among Western allies to bring about a successful outcome in the war against Russia.
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