Estonia to allocate 0.25% of GDP to Ukraine's defense in next four years

Estonia to allocate 0.25% of GDP to Ukraine's defense in next four years

Since 2022, Estonia has provided Ukraine with military assistance worth almost EUR 0.5 billion and will allocate 0.25% of its gross domestic product for this purpose in the next four years.

Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas stated this at a press conference, Ukrinform reports, referring to ERR.

 “Estonia's contribution to Ukraine's victory will be 0.25% of GDP over the next four years. If each country contributes 0.25%, this is what Ukraine needs to win this war," Kallas said, calling on other countries to follow the example.

The head of the Estonian government added that since 2022, Estonia has already provided Ukraine with military assistance worth almost EUR 500 million. "This is also necessary to ensure our security," she emphasized.

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According to her, in the coming years, Estonia will also allocate EUR 14 million a year for the restoration of Ukraine and related solutions.

Kallas noted that many people are used to war, and in democratic countries, public opinion influences slower decision-making. However, according to the Estonian prime minister, it is necessary to conduct consistent explanatory work in different countries on why it is important to support Ukraine.

As reported by Ukrinform, in mid-December, Estonia provided Ukraine with another military aid package worth EUR 80 million, which included Javelin anti-tank missiles.

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