Sweden Boosts Ukraine’s Defenses, Arms Aid and Fighter Jets in the Mix
Stockholm, October 6, 2023 – In a significant development, Sweden has pledged an additional military support package to Ukraine, valued at 2.2 billion crowns ($199 million). The aid primarily consists of artillery ammunition, and there is also deliberation regarding sending fighter jets to bolster Ukraine’s defense, as announced by Defence Minister Pal Jonson.
Mr. Jonson revealed during a press conference that the armed forces have been tasked with assessing the feasibility of dispatching Jas Gripen fighter jets to Ukraine. However, he emphasized that for reasons of domestic security, Sweden would need to become a member of NATO before considering the possibility of supplying fighter jets.
Sweden’s aspiration to join the NATO defense alliance has faced delays, largely due to objections from member states Turkey and Hungary.
This new military assistance package marks Sweden’s 14th contribution to Ukraine since the onset of Russia’s invasion, bringing the total value of Swedish aid to over 22 billion crowns.
Minister Jonson stressed the importance of designing support that is long-term and sustainable, emphasizing the need for more nations to step forward and support Ukraine.
In a related development, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a warning to European leaders during an informal meeting in Granada, Spain. He cautioned that Russia might potentially target other countries within the next five years if Europe were to waver in its support. Nevertheless, President Zelensky expressed confidence in continued financial aid from both the United States and Europe.
($1 = 11.0307 Swedish crowns)