Ammunition and spare parts: Sweden announces new military aid package for Ukraine
Sweden will send a new military aid package to Ukraine, consisting mainly of ammunition and spare parts for previously provided systems
Defense Minister Pål Jonson said this on Friday, Reuters reports.
The package is worth about $199 million.
The new military aid package will be the 14th aid package that Sweden has provided to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion. This will bring the total value of the Scandinavian country's assistance to just over 22 billion kronor.
Jonson said at a press conference that the government has also officially instructed the armed forces to analyze whether Sweden can send Jas Gripen fighters to Ukraine.
In May, Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk met with Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Knutsson in Sweden and called for the transfer of Gripen fighter jets to Ukraine.
On August 19, during a visit to Sweden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that test flights of Gripen aircraft had begun with the participation of Ukrainian pilots. With the Swedish leader, he discussed in detail the future steps for Ukraine to receive these aircraft. However, Sweden says that they need these planes to protect their own territory.
And in September, it was reported that the government was discussing with the armed forces whether the possible transfer of the planes would affect Sweden's defense capabilities.