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NATO ministers’ doubts, fears and eye-rolls over €100B Ukraine plan – POLITICO

Hadja Lahbib, the Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, warned: “It is dangerous to make promises that we cannot keep.”

Some Western European countries fear that giving so much money and power to NATO could undermine efforts by the European Union to play a bigger role in defense.

The NATO proposal also raised many questions about the details. A key question is whether the financial target consists of new money or is simply existing programs that allies individually send to Ukraine.

Jens Stoltenberg argued that creating more certainty about how Ukraine is armed and financed would also send a clear message to the Kremlin. | Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

Diplomats cautioned that the funding discussion was still in its early stages, pointing to Stoltenberg’s refusal to publicly acknowledge the amount involved in his proposal.

Jan Lipavský, the Czech foreign minister, said: “We welcome the initiative and we need to examine the practicalities and details.”

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said: “We must calculate the amount Ukraine needs to maintain its democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity. And when we have this amount, we will have to decide how we can get it.

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