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Stoltenberg calls on NATO countries to send own arms stockpile to Ukraine

NATO countries must already supply weapons to Ukraine from their own stock, even if their own stock no longer complies with NATO agreements. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said this during a press conference in Brussels.

The 32 NATO member states have not only agreed that at least 2 percent of their budget will be spent on defense, but have also made agreements about which country will purchase and keep certain combat equipment in stock.

As far as Stoltenberg is concerned, the NATO countries are now taking some risk with the agreed NATO stock and the NATO agreement is paying a little less attention to this. Giving away as much as possible to Ukraine "is the right decision now," Stoltenberg said. The NATO boss did say that this is a national decision. "There has to be a balance" between securing Ukraine and "the increased risks we then face for our own national events." But according to Stoltenberg, "the reality that Ukraine supports and helps to disable Russian combat equipment also strengthens our own security."

In a parliamentary debate on Tuesday, outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte had said that the Netherlands cannot in any case provide an additional Patriot air defense system from its own stock to Ukraine. "Then we fall below the minimum requirements we have to set for our operational readiness." Rutte also referred to NATO agreements and wondered aloud whether NATO's stock standard takes current reality into account. "You have to ask yourself: have we really reached the maximum pain threshold?" he asked out loud in the House of Representatives.

THE HAGUE, Wednesday 11:23 PM

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Apr 19th, 2024 at 09:10:37 AM EST
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