Latvia to give millions more to Ukraine's army via NATO assistance package

On June 6 2023, the Latvian government (Cabinet of Ministers) adopted a decision on the allocation of funding for contributions to NATO's Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine worth EUR 2 million in 2023, and approved matching contributions in the two following years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed.

The NATO Comprehensive Assistance Package was established in 2016 to provide "centralised non-lethal support" to strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine, help the defence reform process and bring Ukraine closer to NATO standards.

In response to Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine, NATO Heads of State and Government agreed at the 2022 NATO Summit in Madrid on the need to significantly expand NATO's non-lethal support, adapting it to the context of active war.

The decision adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers foresees that Latvia will make annual national grant contributions to the Comprehensive Assistance Package of EUR 2 million over a three-year period from 2023 to 2025.

"Given the acute needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in countering Russian aggression, ensuring sufficient funding for the Comprehensive Assistance Package is one of the priorities of the forthcoming NATO Heads of State and Government Summit in Vilnius in July. NATO allies have provided unprecedented support to Ukraine and are committed to sustaining it for as long as necessary," the Foreign Ministry said.

Latvia's military support to Ukraine, including the latest military aid package to Ukraine consisting of Stinger air defence systems, has exceeded 1% of the country's gross domestic product. Latvia is also actively training Ukrainian soldiers both bilaterally, and in partnership with Canada. By the end of the year, Latvia is expected to have trained nearly 3,000 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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