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NATO's Stoltenberg proposes structuring aid to Ukraine: Plan details

NATO's Stoltenberg proposes structuring aid to Ukraine: Plan details NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Getty Images)

NATO will establish a permanent structure to organize and finance supplying weapons to Ukraine. The first decisions may come as early as the Alliance's summit in Washington, says NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

"I strongly believe that we need a firmer, stronger institutional structure for the support. Short-termed voluntary announcements are good, but in the long term we need more predictable stronger support for Ukraine," he said.

Stoltenberg has already proposed several initiatives the allies can approve at the July summit.

"Stronger NATO role in providing training and support, multiyear financial pledge (to help Ukraine - ed.)," Stoltenberg said.

NATO summit in Washington

The NATO summit in Washington will take place on July 9-11 in the US capital. It will be dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Alliance. The summit was officially proposed in 2023 at the NATO summit in Vilnius.

It is important for Ukraine because, as Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski previously noted, the West must convince Vladimir Putin that it is ready for a long-term conflict with Russia and long-term support for Ukraine.

At the end of April, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine was already preparing for the upcoming NATO summit scheduled for July in the United States. Kyiv wants an invitation to the Alliance. Besides, Zelenskyy did not rule out that the NATO summit in Washington might decide to transfer seven Patriot systems to Ukraine.

Stoltenberg previously said that the allies were unlikely to reach a consensus at the Washington summit in July on Ukraine's invitation to join the Alliance.