NATO states offer ‘heavier’ arms to Ukraine — Analysis

Allies in the military alliance have agreed to boost weapons supplies to Kiev.

NATO’s bloc will transmit “heavier” weapons to Ukraine and replace the country’s Soviet-era gear with more modern equipment, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said following a meeting by member states in Europe.

Speaking to reporters on the heels of the NATO summit in Brussels, Truss confirmed that the alliance agreed to ship more powerful armaments to Kiev as it resists Russia’s ongoing attack. 

“There was support for countries to supply new and heavier equipment to Ukraine, so that they can respond to these new threats from Russia,”She spoke on Thursday. “And we agreed to help Ukrainian forces move from their Soviet-era equipment to NATO standard equipment, on a bilateral basis.”

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Although the official didn’t specify specific weapons, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that “allies should do more”After the meeting, they added: “are ready to do more, to provide more equipment.” 

These comments follow the plea of Dmitry Kuleba (Ukraine’s Foreign Minister), who asked NATO countries to provide planes and land-based missiles and air defense systems for its war effort. 

“Either you help us now – and I’m speaking about days, not weeks – or your help will come too late,”He said.

Less than 24 hours after the Brussels summit, US President Joe Biden said Washington would replace Slovakia’s aging S-300 air defense system with a newer American-made Patriot battery, after the country offered to send its missile platform to Ukraine so long as it would be ‘backfilled’ by an ally. Although Slovakian officials had previously claimed that Patriot deployments from Germany or the Netherlands would not replace the single S-300 system, the Prime Minister Eduard Heger confirmed the transfer to Ukraine. 

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, noted that the US is now looking into how Ukraine can be provided with. “new systems”This would. “make a difference,”However, he also omitted to name any weapon under consideration. Washington, a leading arms supplier to Kiev, has offered large quantities of US-made Javelins and Stinger missiles in addition, as well, ammunition drones, and other equipment.

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