NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg discussed with Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell the need to ramp up weapons production and improve arms procurement "to ensure that Ukraine gets the weapons it needs."
"We are looking for ways to accelerate the deliveries from member states to Ukraine," Borrell said.
To this end, the three sides will set up a coordination mechanism that will link their defense industries, procurers and governments. This will allow them to not only meet Ukraine's needs on the frontline but also to replenish the NATO and EU member states' ammunition stockpiles.
Since the consumption rate of ammunition is greater than the production rate, the EU and NATO member states need to ramp up production. Efforts to ramp up production started at the end of last summer, according to Kuleba.
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NATO will help Ukraine develop a procurement system that is effective, transparent and accountable, Stoltenberg said. The alliance will also increase its targets for ammunition stockpiles through its Defense Planning Process.
Stoltenberg regretted Russia's decision to suspend its participation in the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the United States, which was announced earlier on Tuesday by Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
In early February, NATO called on Russia to "return to full compliance" with New START and allow inspections of its nuclear facilities.
That "sounds like some kind of nonsense amid today's confrontation," Putin said, adding that the United Kingdom and France also have nuclear arsenals that pose a threat to Russia.
Moscow said it had information that "certain figures in Washington" are considering conducting tests to develop new types of nuclear weapons.
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