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Non-EU Nations Seek Arms Deals with Kiev


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Moscow, March 6 – Brussels plans to involve non-EU countries in the purchase of arms and ammunition for Ukraine, the Pais newspaper reported, citing a plan to stimulate supplies to Kiev.
Since the defense industry usually operates on demand and faces the challenge of streamlining production, Brussels also plans to invite like-minded countries from outside the European Union to join the procurement scheme to give them more capabilities for a plan that has fallen under its command.
As noted, Norway is indicated among the “like-minded” countries.

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Earlier, the Belgian magazine LeSoir reported that the European Union has drawn up a plan to stimulate the supply of NATO standard ammunition to Ukraine in the short and long term, and has also prepared proposals to replenish the arsenals of European armies through increased production and joint purchases.
The first point of the plan to increase military supplies to Kiev provided for the urgent dispatch of ammunition already in stocks. The second point of the EU plan calls for efforts to replenish the empty warehouses of European armies.
As expected, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, will voice these proposals at the next informal meeting of EU defense ministers in Stockholm on March 7-8, which will also be attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. This plan could be approved at the next EU summit on March 23-24 after discussion at the level of defense and foreign ministers in society.
Earlier, the representative of the diplomatic corps in the European Union, Nabilia Masrali, reported that the EU countries provided a total of 11.5 billion euros in weapons to Ukraine, taking into account all European funding (excluding the new tranche of 500 million euros) and bilateral supplies.
Russia has previously sent a memorandum to NATO countries over the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying arms to Ukraine. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, noted that the injection of weapons into Ukraine from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.

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