NATO to Establish Permanent Structure for Uninterrupted Supply of Weapons to Ukraine

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, May 27, 2024
NATO to Establish Permanent Structure for Uninterrupted Supply of Weapons to Ukraine

At the upcoming summit in Washington, NATO will create a permanent structure to organize and finance the continuous supply of weapons to Ukraine

This initiative aims to ensure that Kyiv receives a steady flow of military support, avoiding past delays and unmet supply promises.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the initiative, emphasizing the need for a robust institutional framework. "Military supplies must once again flow to Ukraine in a continuous flow. Past delays and failure to deliver on supply promises have had serious consequences. This is one of the reasons why I proposed at the summit to affirm a major role for NATO in coordinating and providing assistance and training to Ukrainian forces. We need a firm, strong institutional structure," Stoltenberg said.

While the budget for this initiative has not yet been approved, Stoltenberg highlighted the need for a permanent NATO military fund for Ukraine, proposing a budget of $100 billion per year.

The NATO 2024 Washington Summit will start on July 9 and conclude on July 11.

Allowing Ukraine to Strike on Russian Territory

In a recent interview with "The Economist," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed the current situation on the Ukrainian front and urged NATO members to lift the ban on using Western weapons for offensive operations against the Russian Federation. Opinions among member countries are divided on this issue.

Sweden has expressed support for Ukraine's right to use its weapons on Russian territory. Swedish Defense Minister Paul Jonsson stated in "Hallandsposten" that "according to international law, Ukraine has the right to defend itself by means of hostilities aimed at the territory of the enemy, if this is in accordance with the laws of war." He reiterated Sweden's support for international law and Ukraine's right to self-defense.

The United Kingdom also agrees with allowing Ukraine to attack targets in Russia. In early May, British Foreign Minister David Cameron announced in an interview with Reuters about three billion pounds of annual military aid to Ukraine. He noted that the UK does not oppose Ukraine's use of Western weapons on Russian territory.

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