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NATO pledges new funding for Ukrainian military

Published time: June 26, 2014 04:07
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Reuters/Francois Lenoir)

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Reuters/Francois Lenoir)

NATO has endorsed new funding for Ukraine's defense in the form of “trust funds” to help with logistics and cyber defense, as well as command and control, according to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The funding is aimed at strengthening the Ukrainian military, though no specific amounts have been allocated yet.

The announcement came after NATO foreign ministers met with their Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Klimkin, in Brussels on Wednesday.

Rasmussen also spoke in support of Ukrainian president’s peace plan, calling it “a major step forward.”

During the meeting, the ministers talked about strengthening NATO’s capacity to assist its partners in need of better defense and security.

“We agreed that the Alliance will provide such support more systematically and more swiftly. We will work on ways to create a pool of military and civilian experts who are ready to deploy when needed and to strengthen coordination with other international actors,” Rasmussen said.

Georgia was also discussed at the meeting, with ministers agreeing on a package that will help align the country “closer to NATO.”

In the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, NATO has been using the ‘Russian threat’ to justify the build-up of troops in Central and Eastern Europe.

At the end of April, US Secretary of State John Kerry called on NATO to return to its original goal of fending off Russia, seizing the chance presented by the Ukrainian crisis to sever Europe from Moscow and move it closer to America.

Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, warned in early June that if NATO is using the situation in Ukraine to "beef up its own muscles," it is a “detrimental” policy.

Comments (475)


Jony 25.08.2014 10:00

If NATO going to help Ukraine military then Putin should provide east Ukraine with military aid for them to have any chance at all.


kevin keane 23.08.2014 07:31

well for me and i only speak for my self but who would want to tolerate a natzi junta in ukraine backed by a country the u.s.a and some eu goverments who back terrorist group's in the middle east and other terrorsit around the world the u.s have ther beeks in this only for profit the care nothing for the people of ukraine like millions thay have killed around the world ariq syria afganistan libia ect so you cant have good relations with terrorist country like the u.s.a and some eu country's


Daniel 10.08.2014 08:19

Robert Miller, if USA not put a missile defend in Ukraine then we would have any problem to this day.

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