Argentina Decides to Send Military Aid to Ukraine

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, July 8, 2024
Argentina Decides to Send Military Aid to Ukraine

Buenos Aires, July 5, 2024 – Argentina has made a significant shift in its foreign policy by deciding to send military aid to Ukraine

This decision was confirmed by Argentine Defense Minister Luis Alfonso Petri during the congress of right-wing forces of Latin America in Brazil. The minister emphasized the importance of supporting countries that are fighting for their survival and defending their freedom and democracy.

Support for Ukraine and Israel: In his address, Petri highlighted Argentina's new stance, stating, "In the past, Argentina exchanged hugs with Venezuela, Cuba, and Iran, and now we are doing it with countries that are fighting for their survival." He reiterated Argentina's commitment to support both Ukraine in its conflict with Russia and Israel.

Application to Join NATO: Argentina has also decided to apply to join NATO, marking a significant move in aligning itself with Western military alliances. This decision includes the acquisition of F-16 fighter jets from the United States instead of opting for Chinese aircraft.

Justification for the Shift: Petri explained the necessity of this shift in Argentina's foreign policy, saying, "We cannot remain neutral in this situation. We must be on the side of countries that defend their freedom and democracy." This statement reflects a broader strategy of supporting democratic nations and aligning with Western allies.

Peace Summit Participation: Moreover, Argentina has committed to participating in the Kyiv peace summit, further demonstrating its support for Ukraine.

Past Stance on Ukraine: It is notable that at the end of June, the Argentine government had ruled out the possibility of sending weapons to Ukraine, instead promising humanitarian and logistical assistance. This recent decision represents a significant policy change and highlights Argentina's evolving international stance amidst global conflicts.

This move is expected to strengthen Argentina's ties with NATO and Western allies while contributing to the international support for Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict with Russia.

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