Sweden plans to manufacture weapons for Ukraine

(MENAFN) Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said on Thursday that Sweden could start producing weapons for Ukraine to help repel the Russian military offensive, but no final decision has been made.

Speaking to Swedish TV channel SVT, Hultqvist outlined the three main projects that were discussed at an international donors’ conference in Copenhagen on Thursday attended by defense ministers from 17 different nations. These projects are all aimed at helping Ukraine.

Hultqvist says Western countries are preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine and are ready to provide assistance to that nation in the form of military training, mine clearance and weapons production. Defense ministers also decided to earmark an additional 1.5 billion euros ($1.54 billion) for military assistance to Kyiv at the donor event.

The minister insisted there was a “big problem” and that Ukrainians needed to be trained to clear mines laid by Russian forces.

Hultqvist added that different nations could set up production lines for weapons, mainly artillery systems, to “manufacture weapons and deliver them directly to Ukraine.” The minister quoted preparedness statements from Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

“It would mean that our support for Ukraine could become sustainable in the long term. Because the production will meet their needs at all times,” he stressed.


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Marjorie N. McClure