Sweden supports EU military trainers in Ukraine

Sweden Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist is supporting an EU training mission to support the Ukrainian military over concerns about Russian troop concentrations near Ukraine.

Brussels – Sweden has spoken out in favor of sending EU military instructors to Ukraine. A training mission could help countries in difficult security situations, said Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist on Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman in Brussels.

A possible EU mission in Ukraine was discussed at a meeting of EU defense ministers. Sweden supports this.

The EU and NATO are currently concerned about the movement of Russian troops and materials near Ukraine. “Large and unusual” troop concentrations have been seen near the borders in recent weeks, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels.

On the question of whether the military alliance expected Moscow to want to further destabilize Ukraine, Stoltenberg said that Russia had already shown that it had the will and when it annexed the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and supported the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian Donbass region have the skills to use military force. Nobody should speculate too much, but the expansion of the military presence is a fact and unusual.

Russia, on the other hand, emphasizes that it can move troops on its territory at its own discretion. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said that Russia is not a threat to anyone. Allegations from the USA that Russian troops could prepare an invasion of Ukraine are referred to as misinformation by Moscow. dpa


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