The local media reported that Stockholm has applied for funds from the bloc to pay for supplies and combat equipment it shipped to Ukraine.
Swedish Radio reports that Sweden seeks compensation from the European Union regarding the shipment of military equipment to Ukraine during the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Stockholm authorized the delivery of various military supplies and equipment to Ukraine during the last two-months. It approved the shipment of 135,000 field supplies, 5,000 helmets and 5,000 body armor pieces to Ukraine in late February. There were also some 5,000 Pansarskott-86 grenade launchers that could be used as shoulder-fired antitank Pansarskott-86 grenade launchers.
In March, the government approved delivery of an additional 5,000 antitank weapons and de-mining kit. Both batches were estimated to cost 413 million Kroner (or $43.5 million) or 205 million Kroner (or $21.7 million).
Now, the European Union is seeking to compensate the country for deliveries. It requested 95 million Kroner (or $10 million) just for the batch of 5 000 helmets. “old” equipment. The radio station said that Stockholm would not make any profit from Ukraine’s deliveries if it does receive compensation. However, supporting Kiev will likely result in additional expenses.
Multiple European countries – as well as the United States – have pledged their support towards Kiev amid its standoff with Moscow, sending in weaponry and assorted equipment to prop up Ukrainian forces. Some Western leaders – such as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell – have openly stated that they wanted Russia to “be defeated”Ukraine at the Battlefield
Moscow has warned the West against it “pumping”Warning to Ukraine about the use of weaponry in conflict with Ukraine, that this would prolong the conflict and cause further destruction for Ukraine and its citizens
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, gave the regions that had broken away special status in the Ukrainian government.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.