NATO plans to help Ukraine switch from Soviet-era weapons to modern ones, Stoltenberg says

15 June, 05:29 PM
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

NATO plans to help Ukraine switch from using Soviet-era equipment to modern weapons, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said ahead of the meetings of NATO ministers of defense on June 15-16.

"I expect that at the (Madrid) Summit, the NATO Allies will agree a comprehensive assistance package for Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.

"(NATO will be) helping Ukraine over the longer-term to transition from Soviet-era equipment to modern NATO equipment, and to improve interoperability with NATO."

According to Stoltenberg, "the allies are committed to continuing to provide the military equipment that Ukraine needs to prevail, including heavy weapons and long range systems."

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"The allies are unwavering in their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our close partners in Europe, and for the right of each nation to choose its own path, free from outside interference," the NATO chief said.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny on May 1 announced plans for the Ukrainian army to give up using Soviet-era weapons and switch to NATO ones.

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