July 22, 2024

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NATO boosts support for Ukraine, calls China ‘critical facilitator’ of Russia’s war in Ukraine

NATO boosts support for Ukraine, calls China ‘critical facilitator’ of Russia’s war in Ukraine

The Treaty Organization will soon take on a coordinating role in military support to Ukraine. To this end, the Alliance is launching the so-called “NATO Security Assistance and Training for Ukraine” (NSATU) to coordinate the supply of military equipment and training to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The aim is to make support for Ukraine more predictable and institutionalized. As already announced, a NATO command will be established at a US base in Germany and at logistics centers in the east of the alliance, with about 700 personnel.

The allies also agreed to provide at least €40 billion in military aid to Ukraine over the next year. This commitment will be evaluated at the 2025 NATO summit in The Hague, Netherlands.

This amount is in line with the annual aid that member states have already provided to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion. The allies have agreed on a distribution key to share the burden.

“We are not doing this because we want to prolong the war. We are doing this because we want to end the war as quickly as possible,” said Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General of the Treaty Organization.

“We will support Ukraine by planning and coordinating donations and managing the transfer and recovery of equipment,” the NATO Secretary General said. “We will also provide support for the long-term development of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” he added.

Stoltenberg stressed once again that the assistance provided by the Treaty Organization to Ukraine does not make NATO a party to the conflict. However, this support will help Ukraine exercise its “right to self-defense.” He also appointed a NATO representative in Kyiv.

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