NATO chief scraps plans for €100 billion Ukraine fund – Bloomberg — RT World News

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The five-year aid plan fell flat with members of the US-led military bloc, the outlet has said

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has ditched an ambitious five-year plan to provide Ukraine with €100 billion ($108 billion) in military aid after facing pushback from members of the bloc, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

In April, several Western media outlets said that Stoltenberg had presented a draft long-term military support plan for Ukraine. The proposal was designed in part to guard against any cut in US support if former President Donald Trump returns to the White House, diplomats said. Earlier this year, Trump called for providing aid to Ukraine only in the form of loans. He also insisted that European allies match Washington’s level of assistance to Kiev.

The Stoltenberg plan has reportedly been questioned by several NATO members who seek clarification from the bloc’s secretary general on where and how the enormous sum of money would be obtained. The unnamed officials told Politico last month that the plan was “confusing” and that the €100 million figure would be revised.

Earlier this week, a NATO diplomat told FT that Ukrainian authorities were “not super thrilled” with the offer either, saying that the package would in practice only duplicate bilateral and EU-managed commitments and not actually represent fresh cash.

Instead, Stoltenberg is expected to submit an updated plan to provide Kiev with lethal and non-lethal aid of around €40 billion annually, the people told Bloomberg. The new proposal will reportedly be discussed by NATO defense ministers next week.

Under the new plan, which is aimed at providing more transparency about what Ukraine’s supporters contribute, the amount of assistance from each NATO member would be determined on the basis of a percentage of their gross domestic product. The US would reportedly account for nearly half of the aid, with the other 31 members providing the rest.

The sources also told the news outlet that Türkiye has cautioned that any coordination of military assistance for Ukraine could create the perception of greater involvement of the bloc in the conflict.

Last month, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that Budapest was opposed to the initial plan, explaining that since the aid was to be collected over five years, this meant NATO “expects the hostilities to continue for this period.” The diplomat added that Hungary does not plan to participate in arming Ukraine or training its soldiers. The country’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, has expressed the view that NATO is getting closer to war with Russia every week.

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