NATO to Produce More Weapons for Ukraine – US Ambassador
Thursday, 28 September 2023
NATO intends to increase its production of ammunition for Ukraine and the member countries of the Alliance which have supplied a significant portion of their weapons to Kyiv, Julianne Smith, the US Ambassador to NATO, has said.
As Voice of America reports, Smith, during the virtual Winning the War, Winning the Peace forum organised by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), reported that some weapons and ammunition are in short supply because of the hostilities, as the NATO allies have provided Ukraine with everything they could.
"So NATO has also started some really interesting work through what we call the Defence Production Action Plan, to focus on things like increasing production, focussing on munitions shortages, both for the Ukrainians but also for some NATO allies because of all the 155s they’ve given to Ukraine, they now find themselves with some shortages," Smith said.
The US ambassador emphasised that the Alliance is working on strengthening ties with the private sector to try to speed up the production lines of defence products.
"The question at the table here at NATO frequently is what more can we do for our friends in Ukraine. So we share a commitment to support Ukraine. We understand what’s at stake. Ukraine isn’t just defending its territory, Ukraine is defending the values that we are all here to protect," she said.
Smith added that none of the allies have proposed that aid to Ukraine be reduced, and that support by all 31 NATO members for Ukraine is "ironclad and not fading".