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Sweden Boosts Military Support for Ukraine, Contemplates Fighter Jets

Sweden has announced its commitment to provide Ukraine with a new military support package valued at 2.2 billion crowns ($199 million), primarily comprising artillery ammunition. Defence Minister Pal Jonson made this announcement during a press conference. The Swedish armed forces are set to submit a report by November 6, assessing the possibility of sending Jas Gripen fighter jets to Ukraine, as per the government’s request.

However, Minister Jonson emphasized that Sweden would require NATO membership for domestic security reasons before considering the potential deployment of fighter jets. Sweden is actively pursuing membership in the NATO defense alliance, although objections have hindered progress from member states, Turkey and Hungary.

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This latest military assistance package marks Sweden’s 14th contribution to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion, bringing the total value of support from the Nordic country to just over 22 billion crowns. Minister Jonson stressed the importance of designing support measures that are both long-term and sustainable, while also urging other nations to step forward and assist Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy issued a warning to European leaders during an informal meeting in Granada, Spain, cautioning that Russia could potentially target other countries within the next five years if European support were to waver. Despite these concerns, he expressed confidence in continued financial aid from both the United States and Europe.

John Collins
John Collins
John is an esteemed journalist and author renowned for their incisive reporting and deep insights into global affairs. As a prominent contributor to City Telegraph, John brings over 5 years of experience covering diverse geopolitical landscapes, from the corridors of power in major capitals to the frontlines of conflict zones.

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