NATO Secretary-General Urges Increased Military Aid to Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on all alliance members to provide more military assistance to Ukraine.

Stoltenberg stated that Ukraine is currently facing increasing difficulty in obtaining ammunition to fight against Russia.

His call for support for Ukraine is rare. After this, NATO appears to be increasingly open to providing its military support to Ukraine, which is not a member of the alliance.

"The unprecedented assistance from NATO allies has helped Ukraine survive as an independent country. However, Ukraine needs more support, and they need it now," Stoltenberg said at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday (14/3), as quoted by Al Jazeera.

Stoltenberg added that Ukraine is not running out of courage but is running out of ammunition.

"NATO allies are not providing enough ammunition to Ukraine, and this is impacting the battlefield every day. It is an urgent need for allies (NATO) to make the necessary decisions to take action and provide more ammunition to Ukraine," he continued.

Stoltenberg said that he has conveyed this message to the central governments of all NATO member countries.

He believes that all NATO members have the capacity and economic conditions to provide what Ukraine needs.

"It is a question of political will. To make decisions and prioritize support for Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.

The United States recently announced the creation of a new $300 million arms aid package for Ukraine. Unfortunately, an additional $60 billion package is still facing opposition from the Republican Party in Congress.

European Union countries have agreed to provide €5 billion to strengthen Ukraine's military capabilities. Unfortunately, the EU has failed to fulfill its promise to send one million artillery shells to Ukraine this March.

The Czech Republic, which leads NATO's ammunition program, announced that the first 300,000 rounds could arrive in Ukraine within a few weeks.

Next week, European Union leaders will meet at the EU Summit in Brussels. One of the agendas is to discuss initiatives aimed at enhancing the European arms industry.

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