€8 Mln Non-Lethal Support for Ukraine From Belgium

by Olha Povaliaieva
Friday, August 26, 2022
€8 Mln Non-Lethal Support for Ukraine From Belgium

Belgium decided to provide gratuitous support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine through the NATO trust fund

According to the Belgian government portal on August 25, the Federal Council of Ministers of Belgium, at the request of foreign minister Hadja Lahbib, decided to transfer €8 million of non-lethal assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The voluntary contribution will be transferred to the NATO Comprehensive assistance package trust fund. These funds will be used to purchase medical supplies, winter clothing, night vision goggles, etc. Belgian companies can participate in open tenders.

"The CAP trust fund was originally established in 2016, in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea and bundled and strengthened the various NATO initiatives in support of Ukraine, as a partner country and prospective member. After the Russian invasion at the beginning of this year, the CAP was revised and adapted to the new circumstances," the portal of the Belgian Ministry of foreign affairs.

"For 6 months, Ukrainians have been fighting a courageous battle for their freedom and their country. I confirmed to president Zelenskyy this week that Ukraine can continue to count on Belgium's support. We are now putting our money where our mouth is. Belgium is once again responding to concrete needs and in the coming weeks will be delivering vital materials to Ukraine," Alexander De Croo, the prime minister.

"This winter is likely to be a potentially crucial phase in the conflict. It is therefore very important that the Ukrainian armed forces are given the necessary equipment to be able to continue to cope with Russian aggression. I am proud that our country was one of the first to make equipment available. Now, 6 months after the start of this unprovoked, unjustified and illegal war, we continue to provide support. Above all, our country continues to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people and will continue to support its sovereignty in every possible way," Hadja Lahbib, minister of foreign affairs.

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