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NATO Faces ‘Key Weapons Gaps’ as Ukraine Eats its Way into Stocks

Ukraine’s servicemen load a flat bed truck with boxes as US made FIM-92 Stinger missiles (Front) and a man-portable air-defence system (MANPADS) are stacked after being shipped in to Boryspil Airport in Kiev on February 13, 2022.

As NATO’s proxy war against Russia in Ukraine grinds on, there’ve been growing reports that sending existing equipment to Kiev had “reduced” stockpiles in Europe itself. This prompted the alliance’s latest defense plan, that call for measures to boost air and missile defense systems’ quantity and readiness, officials told the FT earlier.NATO allies intend to discuss speeding up the procurement of weapons at their upcoming summit in Washington, reported Semafor.“Critical gaps” in the alliance’s military readiness need to be addressed, it quoted three European officials as saying, as the bloc continues to funnel weapons to the Kiev regime.Action is expected to be taken on a plan put forward by the NATO’s three Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, which have been at the forefront of anti-Russian hysteria throughout the Ukrainian crisis, along with Poland.The Allied Capability Delivery Commitment (ACDC) was presented at a May meeting in Palanga, Lithuania, by the defense ministers of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. At the time, speaking at a press conference with Latvia’s Andris Spruds and Lithuania’s Laurynas Kasciunas, Estonia’s Minister of Defense Hanno Pevkur said the initiative required extra funds, and the 2 percent minimum spending level agreed at the 2023 summit was no longer “sufficient”.In line with the five-year plan, the alliance would boost efforts to procure “air defense, long range fires, and ammunition,” Tuuli Duneton, Undersecretary for Defense Policy at the Estonian Ministry of Defense, told the outlet. “Delivering these [weapons] faster than originally planned would require additional resources to be invested,” one European official was quoted as acknowledging.He added that the plan had been agreed upon in principle at a June meeting of NATO’s defense ministers in Brussels.MilitaryRevealed: NATO’s Air Defense Shield in Eastern Europe So Full of Holes It’s Essentially Nonexistent30 May, 17:54 GMTAs far as Washington is concerned, it “supports the intent of the proposal and is working with allies on how to incorporate it in summit deliverables,” a US State Department official was cited as saying. The underlying ideas of the proposal will be “embedded” in the Defense Industrial Pledge expected to be signed at the summit, a Latvian spokesperson told the publication.

The NATO summit in Washington D.C. will take place from July 9-11. It will commemorate the landmark 75th anniversary of the alliance, which was founded in 1949. The summit's title is "Ukraine and transatlantic security." NATO will not extend a formal invitation to Ukraine for membership during the gathering.

More defense spending and costly procurement face NATO allies as supporting the regime in Kiev continues to bleed their own stockpiles dry. The bloc’s European allies have only a small fraction of the air defense capabilities they would need if the proxy conflict in Ukraine expanded into a direct Russia-NATO confrontation, officials were cited as saying by the Financial Times. At the same time, the Ukraine conflict has become a great boon for America’s own leading defense contractors, sending their stocks up and boosting their profits. However, as the US and Europe keep squandering taxpayer money on arms for Ukraine, Russia continues to effectively destroy this weaponry.MilitaryBig Five US Arms Makers Profit From Ukraine Conflict and Overcharge Pentagon27 April, 15:02 GMTRussia has persistently cautioned Western countries against furnishing weapons to the Kiev regime, stating that this sort of assistance would only serve to prolong the conflict in Ukraine.Furthermore, Moscow has repeatedly rejected Western claims about an alleged Russian threat as unsubstantiated. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this year that the West’s allegations about Moscow’s plans to unleash a war with NATO are “simply rubbish.” He also slammed reports about Russia planning to attack Europe after the end of a special military operation in Ukraine as “complete nonsense and intimidation of Europeans to squeeze money out of them [for defense-related] purposes.”MilitaryPoland, Baltics Join Forces to Build Maginot-Style Defensive Line on Border With Russia, Belarus24 May, 13:52 GMT

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