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JThe European Union has failed to reach an agreement on sending a military training mission to Ukraine amid growing tensions with Russia, reports Joe Barnescorrespondent in Brussels.

Diplomats from the European External Action Service, the bloc’s foreign affairs arm, have drawn up plans to deploy up to 35 advisers to Kyiv to help it overhaul its Soviet-era military education system.

A document presented by the EEAS describes the training mission as having a “high political handicap in Ukraine and demonstrates the EU’s commitment to the country”, but would not have been similar to combat operations carried out by the United Kingdom. United, the United States and Canada.

The joint defense and security mission would be handled outside of the bloc’s presentation in the Ukrainian capital.

But the proposal was rejected by at least four EU member states – Germany, Italy, Greece and Spain – who instead called for “assistance measures” to be funded by the European Facility. for EU peace.

They were reportedly spooked by a line in the document that left the door open to uncertainty about wider European policies in the region.

“The possible impact on wider EU policies and interests in the region is difficult to predict, particularly in light of recent developments and growing tensions caused by the buildup of Russian troops in and around Ukraine” , he said, according to the FT.

Using the European Peace Facility, Berlin said, would allow faster deployment and avoid months of bureaucracy in setting up common structures and control, but above all would be less visible to the EU.

“This option would be more suited to the current geopolitical circumstances,” the EEAS document says.

Christofer Burger, spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, said Berlin wanted to “quickly gain EU support for the reform of Ukraine’s military training system”.

He added that Germany preferred the peace facility to a full military mission, as the latter “would not meet real needs”.