Zelensky to release ammunition and aircraft at NATO summit

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that he invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the NATO summit to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on July 11 and 12. Stoltenberg added that Zelensky himself agreed to be there, as Kiev confirmed. This involvement is certainly not of purely symbolic value: leaks from the Pentagon have been circulating in the international media these days when the US administration has expressed concern about the Ukrainian military’s results on the ground. On the other hand, Kiev wants the West, and especially the European Union, to do more in the supply of ammunition and weapons. The Vilnius summit could be the Atlantic Alliance’s way of bringing the ranks closer in support of Zelensky.

“All allies agree that Ukraine should join NATO,” Stoltenberg said when he arrived at the Ramstein base in Germany, where Ukraine’s allies are meeting to discuss additional support needed to deal with Russian aggression. Stoltenberg made a surprise visit to Kiev yesterday, another important step to reaffirm the commitment of the pro-Kiev Alliance. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg predicted at Ramstein that NATO countries would “discuss the possibility of supplying Ukraine with various types of aircraft”.

Slovakia and Poland began delivering Soviet-designed Mig-29 aircraft to Ukraine. But sending modern aircraft of Western design has not yet been discussed. The Danish defense minister said recently that several countries are showing breakthroughs and that a decision could be made “before summer”.

Procurement of long-range anti-missile systems alongside warplanes is strategic to replenish Russian warehouses away from the frontline and buffer Moscow’s still competitive advantage in military supplies, particularly in ammunition. . The issue of ammunition has become the subject of growing tension between Ukraine and the European Union. The EU set aside 2 billion euros to supply Kiev and not be left with empty warehouses. But the problem is not a lot of money, it is that the European war industry can produce an extraordinary amount of shells and the like in a very short time. There may be an option to purchase ammunition from abroad, such as South Korea, but some EU countries, notably France, do not welcome the use of public funds to feed foreign companies, not their own. Kiev has already felt its bad mood: meeting with Stoltenberg, Zelensky urged him to help “overcome (our partners) reluctance to deliver certain weapons”, including ammunition.

Source: Today IT