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Netherlands insists on Ukraine’s rearmament

Amsterdam, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The Netherlands insisted today on the rearmament of Ukraine, in spite of Russia's warnings that the supply of more military equipment will only extend the conflict in that country, indicated the media in this capital.

The government of interim Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte promised to allocate another 150 million euros for the purchase of arms for Kiev, reported De Telegraaf newspaper.

Rutte made the announcement of the military aid during a visit to the northern Ukrainian city of Kharkov, where, accompanied by President Vladimir Zelensky, he visited an underground school and hospital, as well as signing a bilateral security agreement, the publication stated.

The agreement signed with Kiev is valid for 10 years and provides for medium- and long-term military support of the Netherlands, cooperation in the sphere of war industry, as well as increased and sustained protection of Ukraine from cyber attacks, among others.

The agreement also stipulates a substantial improvement of compatibility between the armies of Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the publication notes.

The top leader of the far-right Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, whose party won last November’s elections and is now trying to form a new government, considered such long-term commitments to be very negative.

An executive on the verge of ending its authority in power can in no way approve an agreement that would work for a decade, Wilders was quoted as saying by local television.

Similar agreements with Kiev have also been previously signed by countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Italy, Canada and France, something that Russia sees as the West’s intention to maintain a long-term confrontation with that country.

Last Saturday marked two years since President Vladimir Putin ordered a war operation to protect the rebel region of Donbas, as well as to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine.

This was followed by a Western economic war against Moscow.

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