Stockholm is looking for money for combat supplies it sent to Ukraine, according to local media
Sweden is seeking compensation from the European Union for military equipment it sent to Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia, Swedish Radio reported on Wednesday.
Stockholm has approved the shipment of military supplies to Ukraine over the past two months. At the end of February, he gave the go-ahead for the delivery of some 135,000 field rations, 5,000 helmets and 5,000 pieces of body armor, as well as some 5,000 shoulder-mounted Pansarskott 86 anti-tank grenade launchers.
At the end of March, the country approved the delivery of 5,000 additional anti-tank weapons, as well as demining kits. The two lots had an estimated cost of 413 million crowns ($43.5 million) and 205 million crowns ($21.7 million), respectively.
The country is now seeking compensation from the European Union for its deliveries, asking for 95 million crowns ($10 million) for the 5,000 helmet batch alone, the outlet reported, noting that the sum is significantly higher than the actual cost of “old” equipment. Still, Stockholm is unlikely to benefit from Ukraine’s deliveries if it does manage to receive compensation from the EU. Instead, supporting Kyiv will likely entail costs, the radio station suggested.
Several European countries – as well as the United States – have pledged their support for kyiv amid its clash with Moscow, sending weapons and various equipment to support Ukrainian forces. Some Western leaders – such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell – have openly said they want Russia “to be defeated” by Ukraine on the battlefield.
Moscow urged Western nations against “pumping” Ukraine with weapons, warning that this would only prolong the conflict and inflict further damage on Ukraine and its people.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The Minsk Protocol negotiated by Germany and France was designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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