NATO to commit to reliable and predictable Ukraine aid rather than voluntary contributions — Stoltenberg

Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg

NATO “needs to shift the dynamics of support and ensure reliable and predictable security assistance to Ukraine for the long haul,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on April 3 ahead of a NATO foreign ministers meeting, commenting on his proposal to create a $100 billion five-year Ukraine aid fund.

“So that we rely less on voluntary contributions and more on NATO commitments. Less on short-term offers and more on multi-year pledges,” he said.

 

“By doing that, we will give Ukraine what they need. And that is long term, predictable, robust support.”

 

Stoltenberg believes that this decision would “send a message to Moscow” that it will not be able to “wait out” Western support for Kyiv.

 

“The reality is that if you want this war to end, the sooner we can convince Moscow that they will not win on the battlefield, that they cannot wait us out, the sooner we can then be able to reach a peace agreement where Russia realized that that they cannot win the war, but have to sit down and negotiate an agreement where Ukraine prevails as a sovereign independent nation.”

 

On Apr. 2, Bloomberg reported that Stoltenberg had proposed that allies establish a five-year $100 billion Ukraine aid fund which could be finalized at the July NATO summit in Washington.

 

As part of the package, NATO may assume operational duties currently carried out by the United States in the Ukraine Defense Contact Group. The proposals would give the Western alliance a more direct role in coordinating the supply of arms, ammunition and equipment to Ukraine from over 50 countries as it fights Russia's invasion.

 

This move could ensure the stability of this structure against potential political changes after the U.S. presidential election in November.

 

If the allies support Stoltenberg's proposal, it would mean a change in NATO's strategy, which has previously kept its distance from collective action to avoid potential entanglement in the Russo-Ukrainian war.ни.

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