Ukraine and Denmark Sign Security Cooperation Agreement

by Cheplyk Roman
Friday, February 23, 2024
Ukraine and Denmark Sign Security Cooperation Agreement

In a significant move towards bolstering Ukraine’s defense capabilities amidst ongoing conflict, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen have inked a pivotal agreement on security cooperation

The ceremony, held in Lviv, marks a cornerstone in the countries' collaborative efforts to enhance Ukraine's military and civilian support over the long term. Stemming from the principles outlined in the Vilnius Declaration, this accord underscores Denmark's commitment to Ukraine with a military aid package of at least €1.8 billion for 2024.

The agreement activates the Danish Support Fund for Ukraine, earmarking €8.5 billion for comprehensive assistance spanning from 2023 to 2028. Over the decade-long duration of this accord, Denmark pledges unwavering support across multiple defense sectors, including air force and air defense, maritime security, demining, and advanced technologies like drones, aligning closely with international partnerships.

A notable feature of this cooperation is Denmark's dedication to bolstering Ukraine's air capabilities, particularly through the F-16 aviation coalition. This involves providing fighter jets, ammunition, training, maintenance support, and the necessary infrastructure within Ukraine to sustain these advanced air assets.

Additionally, the agreement addresses the critical areas of cyber defense and hybrid warfare, promising Danish support against Russian cyber threats. Beyond military aid, Denmark's commitment extends to the reconstruction and sustainable development of Mykolaiv and its surrounding region, reinforcing the ties between the two nations.

This strategic partnership also reaffirms Denmark's backing for Ukraine's aspirations to join the European Union and NATO, supporting Ukraine's comprehensive reform agenda aimed at aligning with EU standards, fulfilling IMF requirements, and ensuring compatibility with NATO's defense frameworks. In response to any future Russian military aggression, the agreement mandates swift consultations to decide on subsequent actions, with provisions for extending the cooperation by mutual consent of both parties.

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