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NATO’s aid to Ukraine exceeded the Russian budget allocations for defense

Since the Russian invasion started, Ukraine has received more than $70 billion in military aid from NATO countries.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this at a press conference in Brussels.

According to the draft law on the budget for 2023, Russia has planned nearly RUB 5 trillion in defense spending, which is equivalent to $63.7 billion.

Therefore, NATO countries have spent more than Russia’s yearly national defense budget to strengthen Ukraine’s military capability.

Moreover, the NATO Secretary General once again pledged to support Ukraine "for as long as it takes" and declared that the member states of the Alliance are united in this effort.

Quote"We will not be intimidated. We will continue to support Ukraine We do not know when this war will end, but when it does, we will need to put in place arrangements so that Ukraine can deter future aggression and history does not repeat itself. We cannot allow Russia to continue to chip away at European security, – he said.

Stoltenberg also spoke of his plans to discuss long-term support for Ukraine at the next Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting in Brussels. He said he hoped that the ministers would agree on the plan to start the development of a multi-year program of defense aid for Kyiv.

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