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NATO Allies Plan to Pledge €40 Billion in Annual Military Aid for Ukraine

NATO Allies Plan to Pledge €40 Billion in Annual Military Aid for Ukraine
Flags of Ukraine and NATO are seen before a press conference of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Source: Getty Images

Ahead of the upcoming summit, NATO allies have agreed to commit €40 billion ($43 billion) annually to support Ukraine’s military efforts, according to Western European diplomats who spoke to Reuters.

This pledge, which aligns with the request of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for a multi-year commitment, aims to maintain the current level of military aid provided to Ukraine since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion in 2022.

To ensure transparency and fair burden-sharing within the alliance, member states will produce two reports over the next year detailing each country’s contributions to Ukraine’s military support.

This financial pledge forms part of a package of measures to aid Ukraine that NATO leaders are expected to finalize during their Washington summit from July 9th to 11th. As part of this plan, NATO will assume a central role in coordinating international arms deliveries for Ukraine moving forward.

NATO has also approved an operational plan to provide long-term support and training for Ukraine’s armed forces. This plan will partially utilize the alliance’s command structure and leverage funding from its joint budget.

A dedicated headquarters for coordinating this aid to Ukraine will be established in Wiesbaden, Germany, where a US military base already exists.

The plan further outlines the appointment of a high-ranking civilian official responsible for overseeing long-term military modernization and non-military support needs for Ukraine. This individual will report to both NATO headquarters in Brussels and the new command center in Wiesbaden.

Earlier, on July 1, it was reported that NATO intends to create a senior representative role in Kyiv and establish a new command in Germany aimed at coordinating assistance for Ukraine.

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