We can no longer give Ukraine more weapons, Fiala told the NATO chief World

Fiala introduced the topics of the meeting with Stoltenberg to journalists before his morning departure to Brussels. He then arrived at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters with a delay from the morning summit of EU leaders with their partners from the Balkans. Among other things, Fiala assured the NATO chief that his government was determined to meet its commitment and increase its defense spending to at least two percent of GDP by 2024.

Jens Stoltenberg said after a brief meeting that he also spoke with Fiala about the forthcoming summit of the alliance in Madrid, where it will be discussed whether the defense organization will soon expand with two new members, Finland and Sweden. The Czech Prime Minister said that the Czech Republic would support the membership of the Nordic countries.

The proposal, meanwhile, faces opposition from Turkey, which blames Helsinki and Stockholm for supporting and harboring Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara considers terrorists. “Turkey has legitimate concerns and we will try to resolve them,” Stoltenberg said.

A package of aid and support for Ukraine, which is facing the Russian invasion for the fourth month, should be approved in Madrid. This should specifically help with the transition from old, Soviet armaments to standard NATO equipment. So far, the Czechia has sent Kiev military and humanitarian aid worth over 3.7 billion crowns, including tanks and artillery and missile systems.

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