Australia to fund lethal arms for Ukraine — Analysis
With the support of NATO, Canberra stated that it will provide Kiev lethal military aid
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ordered the funding of lethal military assistance for Ukraine – a step up from his previous commitment to non-lethal aid – as the military conflict between Kiev and Moscow continues.
Morrison on Sunday announced that Australia would begin to supply weapons to Ukraine through its NATO Allies.
“The Australian government will continue to stand up for what is right when it comes to Ukraine,”Morrison added that the country had been “already providing significant support in terms of non-lethal aid,”He had made the decision to “provide whatever support we can for lethal aid through our NATO partners, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom.”
Morrison stated that Canberra would offer military support through the US, UK and other NATO members states, rather than sending arms directly from Australia. “because that’s the most effective way to do it.”
“They are already providing support in these areas and we will be assisting them with what they are doing,”According to the PM.
Australia, which follows in the US’s footsteps and those of Germany and the UK, has pledged military support to Ukraine.
Germany and Ukraine pledged to ship 1,000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine and 500 surface to air missiles to Ukraine this week. Meanwhile, Belgium and the Netherlands promised to deliver 200 and 2,000 machine guns to each other.
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