NATO countries did not approve the allocation of annual payments to Kiev – Stoltenberg

The defence ministers of the NATO member states at a meeting in Brussels did not agree on a long-term commitment to allocate 40bn dollars a year to Ukraine for weapons. This was stated by the secretary-general of the North Atlantic alliance, Jens Stoltenberg.


Jens Stoltenberg responded to a question about the refusal of Italy and some other NATO countries to support the decision to allocate $40 billion annually for weapons to Kiev.

“We don’t have an agreement on that yet. But I am working on it and many allies are very supportive. If we had predictable long-term assistance, it would give Ukraine more confidence and signal to Moscow,” the NATO secretary-general said at a press conference following a meeting of the alliance’s defence ministers.

At the same time, he noted that a plan for coordinating military support to Ukraine had been agreed upon. According to him, there will be a command post in Wiesbaden and logistics centres in Eastern European countries.

According to Jens Stoltenberg, about 700 employees will be involved in this plan, and allies in the territory of NATO member states will train Ukrainian servicemen.

Earlier, Jens Stoltenberg said that Kiev was facing the most difficult time since the start of the conflict in Ukraine.