November 22, 2022

EU, NATO working closely to support Ukraine – Sweden’s defense chief

“The EU and NATO have never worked as closely as they are today. And this is absolutely essential if we are to support Ukraine militarily, politically and economically,” [Swedish Defense Minister Paul] Jonson said.

Sweden will also continue to support Ukraine within the framework of its EU membership. Sweden intends to participate in the upcoming EU Military Assistance Mission in Support of Ukraine (EUMAM), which will train Ukrainian servicemen. Sweden also insists that the eight sanctions packages adopted to date are implemented and adhered to, and that the EU can agree on a ninth package of sanctions.

“The European Union Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine), a training mission in which Germany and Poland play a leading role, is an expression of the EU’s continued support and commitment to Ukraine,” the report reads.

Aimed at providing specialized training for 15,000 Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel, this is a large-scale initiative that is complementary to Operation Interflex in the UK, to which Sweden contributes.

“We’re now looking into our participation in EUMAM Ukraine, but Sweden’s starting point is that we’ll be part of the leadership structure. The Government has already made that decision,” says Jonson.

[T]he EU Foreign Ministers’ Council, at a meeting in Luxembourg, adopted a formal decision to launch an EU Military Training Mission to assist the Armed Forces of Ukraine.