The European Union is planning a 20-billion-euro fund to provide Ukraine with weapons and military aid, while NATO has pledged long-term support and readiness to admit Ukraine to the alliance.
Why it matters
The EU and NATO's commitments to Ukraine's security and potential membership in the alliance are significant in the context of Russia's ongoing invasion and Ukraine's desire for protection and integration with Western institutions.
What the papers say
The European Union is drawing up plans for a 20-billion-euro ($22bn) fund to provide Ukraine with weapons, ammunition and military aid as it fights Russia's invasion, officials have said. (Al Jazeera) U.S. National security adviser Jake Sullivan doubled down on what NATO agreed to during its summit last week, saying it will be ready to admit Ukraine to the alliance once the country meets certain conditions. (Politico) The United States and global allies unveiled new security assurances for Ukraine at a Nato summit on Wednesday, designed to bolster the country's defences against Russia over the long haul while Kyiv strives for membership of the alliance. (Gulf News) U.S. President Joe Biden and his NATO counterparts wrapped up a two-day summit Wednesday with pledges of long-term support for Ukraine but no offer of the country's protection under the alliance's security umbrella. (The Independent) The United States and global allies unveiled new security assurances for Ukraine at a NATO summit on Wednesday, desi
How we got here
The European Union and NATO have been discussing long-term security assurances for Ukraine in the face of Russia's invasion. The G7 group of nations launched a framework for bilateral negotiations to provide military and financial support, intelligence sharing, and immediate steps in case of further Russian aggression. NATO leaders announced their willingness to invite Ukraine to join the alliance once certain conditions are met. The creation of the NATO-Ukraine Council aims to strengthen cooperation between Ukraine and the alliance.
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