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NATO without consensus for long-term military aid to Ukraine

Berlin, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) The members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) reportedly failed in an attempt to reach a consensus on a long-term military aid for Ukraine.

The intention was to reach an agreement to grant military support to Kiev in a program for several years, but it was impossible for the 30 NATO states to reach an agreement, the DPA agency reported here, quoting sources from the delegations attending the NATO meeting.

For the moment, it was only possible to reach an agreement to provide Ukraine with 40 billion dollars in armaments until 2025, a decision that contradicts Russia’s calls to avoid prolonging the conflict with the rearmament of this former Soviet republic.

The outgoing NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, admitted that there was no consensus to coordinate military aid for several years for Ukraine, as it is not known what share each member of the bloc will contribute to the amount of 40 billion dollars, DPA stated.

Previously, Stoltenberg had announced the alliance’s intention to create a war support fund for Kiev in the amount of 100 billion dollars a year, which also could not be coordinated.

The aforementioned amount was reduced to 40 billion dollars, almost equivalent to the amount provided by Western powers to Ukraine in the period of one year, the German agency pointed out.

Several NATO countries such as the United Kingdom and France referred at the time to sending troops, or at least advisors, to Ukraine, despite Moscow’s warnings that this would mean an almost direct participation of that bloc in the confrontation.