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NATO needs up to two years to boost Ukraine's armament, says Swedish Defense Minister

22 May, 2024 Wednesday
12:33

Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson stated that NATO countries will need up to two years to significantly increase weapon supplies to Ukraine

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He made these comments in an interview with Bloomberg.

Jonson urged Western allies to double their procurement efforts, noting, "Russia has been quicker on its feet than the euro-Atlantic community."

"I expect us to be catching up but I think it will take a year or two until we see the full effect," Jonson said.

He emphasized the goal of securing a victory for Ukraine in its war with Russia.

"Now we have significantly more money, but we have less time because we’re very concerned that Russia will reconstitute itself and pose a military threat to the whole alliance," Jonson added, stating that Sweden carries added significance due to a defense industry that punches above its weight.

Sweden has already doubled its military spending since 2020 and plans to allocate 2.6% of its GDP to defense by 2030. However, this may not suffice in the short term against an adversary focusing its economy on the military.

  • Recently, the Swedish government directed its armed forces to allocate €28 million to support Ukraine's defense, with €18 million going to three coalitions within the Ukraine Defense Contact Group.
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