NATO chief suggests setting up 100 billion euro aid package for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has proposed that alliance members establish a 100 billion euro ($107 billion) military aid package to Ukraine over a five-year period. Several diplomats told Reuters on Tuesday that such a package would give the NATO alliance the ability to provide the necessary support to Kyiv.

Stoltenberg envisioned such a plan would protect Kyiv from a possible reduction in U.S. support if Donald Trump returns to the White House, the diplomats said.

The proposal is due to be discussed at a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday and Thursday.

Reuters interlocutors said there was a maturing realization within NATO that military assistance to Ukraine needed to be put on a more sustainable and long-term basis.

As part of the plan, a NATO Mission for Ukraine will be established, although it is not yet clear whether the mission will operate inside the country, the diplomats said.

NATO declined to comment in detail on Stoltenberg’s proposals, but an alliance official said foreign ministers would “discuss the best way to organize NATO support for Ukraine”.

No final decisions will be made at the April ministerial meetings, and discussions will continue as the NATO summit in Washington in July approaches, Voice of America notes.

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