NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the allies will approve a comprehensive aid package for Ukraine at the summit to be held in Madrid on June 28-20.
“We will strengthen our support for Ukraine and for other partners that are at risk. I welcome the fact that President Zelensky will address our summit. Ukraine is in a critical situation, so there is an urgent need to increase our assistance,” Stoltenberg said.
He reaffirmed that during the Madrid summit, NATO Allies would adopt a new comprehensive package of support for Ukraine. It will consist of specific projects in the framework of immediate and short-term assistance, including the supply of anti-drone equipment, secure communications and fuel.
“But importantly, we will also look at the longer-term. Including assisting Ukraine to transition from Soviet-era military equipment to modern NATO equipment, boosting interoperability, and further strengthening its defense and security institutions.”
He recalled that NATO Allies had been providing significant security and defense assistance to Ukraine since 2014, including training and equipping Ukrainian forces in addition to financial, humanitarian and military aid.
“We will also continue to do more for other partners vulnerable to Russian threats and interference. Including Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina by stepping up more political and practical support for these partners. To help strengthen their resilience and prevent any future aggression.”