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New NATO plan for expanding military support for Ukraine

New NATO plan for expanding military support for Ukraine Ukraine's Defense Minister Rustem Umerov (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

NATO's new plan to expand military support for Ukraine will involve the bloc in assisting Kyiv. This will ensure that Ukraine receives everything it needs promptly, according to Ukraine's Defense Minister Rustem Umerov.

"We discussed this issue with Jens Stoltenberg. NATO wants to strengthen our coalition by facilitating our bilateral relations with partners," he explained.

According to him, many countries within the Ramstein format are NATO members, and the organization itself wants to be involved in managing the supply of international technical assistance, financing, and ensuring functional support for the aid provided.

"Sometimes NATO notes that some countries make commitments that are delayed, and NATO wants to address these management issues to communicate more and have a legal mandate to get involved. This would give them the legal ability to call countries on behalf of NATO to check if this military, technical, and financial assistance has arrived," Umerov added.

In cases of delays in providing aid to Ukraine, NATO will use its capabilities.

"That means they want to join legally to oversee. This format expands our relations to ensure we receive this assistance on time," the minister added.

NATO's assistance to Ukraine

NATO defense ministers are likely to agree on the initiative to coordinate military assistance to Ukraine and train Ukrainian soldiers today, June 14.

Currently, the responsibility for providing aid to Ukraine lies with the US. Due to the upcoming presidential elections in the United States in November, it has been decided to delegate these functions to NATO.

NATO also plans to create a new position of special envoy to Ukraine to strengthen its long-term commitments to the country.