In the publication in which the minister appears with the Ukrainian ambassador to Portugal, Inna Ohnivets, in a photograph, it can be read that “Portugal’s support for the Ukrainian resistance against Russian aggression” is reaffirmed.
“In this context, another 99 tons of military and medical material will be sent soon”, he stresses.
Last Wednesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, João Gomes Cravinho, had said, upon arrival at a NATO meeting in Brussels, that Portugal had already sent between 60 and 70 tons of war material to Ukraine and would send more “in a near future”.
Asked if Portugal is willing to provide more military equipment to Ukraine, after the NATO secretary general warned, upon arrival for the meeting, that the country “has an urgent need” for more military support and said he hoped that the allies reach an agreement in this regard, Gomes Cravinho confirmed that it is planned to send more war material, “whether defensive or offensive”, that is, “protective material and also offensive material”, namely weapons and ammunition.
“Portugal has been supporting Ukraine. It has already sent more than 60, 70 tons of war material to Ukraine and will send more in the near future”, he said, confirming that the material to be sent will soon be of the same type, as “it is the material that Portugal has to put in the hands of the Ukrainians”.
For “more details”, the new head of Portuguese diplomacy referred questions to his colleague, national defense minister, and successor in office, Helena Carreiras.
Regarding the meeting of foreign affairs ministers of the Atlantic Alliance, which takes place between today and Thursday in the Belgian capital, João Gomes Cravinho indicated that the allies will discuss the support they can continue to give to Ukraine, an issue that they will have the opportunity to discuss with the own head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba.
“We will have with us the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Minister Kuleba, who will give us a briefing on the current situation in Ukraine and the perspective that the Ukrainian Government has on the situation and on the support that has been coming. to receive,” he said.
Regarding the policy of sanctions against Russia, and one day after the European Commission put on the table the proposal for a fifth package of restrictive measures from the European Union aimed at Moscow, the minister commented that, “unfortunately, the tendency is for sanctions”.
“I say unfortunately because this is a direct result of Russia’s position. Russia continues to attack, continues to commit atrocities, unfortunately, and therefore the tendency is to increase sanctions and not to ease them”, he declared.
At the entrance to the meeting, the secretary general of NATO admitted today that Ukraine urgently needs more military support and said he hoped that the Allies, gathered in Brussels at the level of heads of diplomacy, would agree to provide “many different types of equipment”. .
“Ukraine has an urgent need for military support and that is why it is so important that the Allies agree to further support Ukraine with many different types of equipment, both heavier equipment as well as light weapons systems,” said Jens Stoltenberg.
The leader underlined the importance of the military support that NATO has provided to the Ukrainian army to defend itself from the Russian invasion, pointing out that “it is clear that this support has had an effect every day”.
“We can see the images of all Russian armored vehicles destroyed. This is something that was done with anti-tank weapons and anti-armor weapons provided by NATO allies,” he said.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that killed at least 1,842 civilians, including 148 children, and wounded 2,493, including 233 minors, according to the latest UN data, which warns of the likelihood of the real number. of civilian casualties be much higher.
The war has already caused an undetermined number of military casualties and the flight of more than 11 million people, of which 4.5 million to neighboring countries.
This is the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II (1939-1945) and the United Nations estimates that around 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The Russian invasion was condemned by the international community in general, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic and political sanctions on Moscow.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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