More weapons to Ukraine could help the country resist Russia, according to Poland and Denmark.
During their meeting in Copenhagen, the prime ministers of Poland and Denmark said Western European countries ought to provide Ukraine with weapons more quickly and generously.
“I would like them to be exactly like Denmark and Poland. A longer version is to be more generous in terms of weapon delivery and more quick,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters.
Poland, a key ally of Ukraine, has been instrumental in convincing European allies to donate heavy gear to Ukraine, including tanks, a move opposed by several countries until recently.
“Let’s be frank. If not for the United States, Poland and the United Kingdom, probably Ukraine would not have survived the first couple of weeks or the first couple of months,” Morawiecki said. “It’s just strengthening the NATO alliance. Some skeptical countries should no longer be skeptical.”
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On the eve of the war’s anniversary, Morawiecki and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen stressed the need of providing assistance to Kyiv, arguing that Europe can not allow Ukraine to be defeated.
“We need to be aware that we don’t have a lot of time. So we need to speed up our financial support, our military help, we need more donations and we need to work very closely together to make sure they have the capacities they need,” Frederiksen said.
Sweden is preparing to send Ukraine the advanced Archer artillery system, but support in the Swedish parliament has been growing to additionally contribute some of the country’s around 120 Leopard tanks.
“We are open to that and we are in close dialogue with above all Germany about it,” Swedish Minister of Defense Pal Jonson was quoted by TT as saying.
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