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Ukraine received $1.5 billion worth of weapons and military equipment to defend against Russia

Ukraine has received in recent months 1,500 million dollars in weapons and military equipment to strengthen its Army in the midst of border tensions with RussiaUkrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba assured today.

“We continue to consolidate an international coalition in support of Ukraine. Thanks to that work today Ukraine receives greater political, economic and security support”, the minister said at a press conference.

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Kuleba assured that he plans to discuss the issue of arms supplies today with the German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, and on Tuesday with the French president, Emmanuel Macron.

He explained that he will talk to Baerbock about Berlin’s refusal to allow third countries or organizations with German weapons to send such equipment to Kiev.

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The Ukrainian authorities have warned that such a blockade could deteriorate bilateral relations with Germany, which considers such a stance counterproductive from the point of view of military tension on the border with Russia.

Berlin maintains that weapons cannot settle a conflict, although it has been willing to block the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the event of Russian aggression.

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The United States and the United Kingdom have been the most active in arming the Ukrainian Army, as have Canada, Poland and the Baltic countries, which received permission from Washington.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Berlin had promised 5,000 helmets and field hospitals, but blocked Estonia’s shipment of East German-era weapons.

In turn, Reznikov assured that the probability of a military escalation on the border with Russia remains “low”.

Macron meets this afternoon with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, after which he will travel to Kiev and then to Berlin, where he will meet in the afternoon with the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and the Polish president, Andrzej Duda.


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Source: Elcomercio

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