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Sanna Marin: Finland supports joint EU ammo for Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Finland for its latest defence shipment.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin in Brussels.
In Brussels, Prime Minister Sanna Marin and other EU leaders are discussing continued EU support for Ukraine. Image: EPA-EFE
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Speaking from a two-day EU summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Friday said she welcomed joint European ammunition purchases for Ukraine.

European Union leaders on Thursday endorsed a plan to send Ukraine one million rounds of artillery ammunition within the next 12 months to help the country counter Russia's invasion forces.

"There's a will, but we also need to talk about concrete steps," Marin said at the Brussels meeting, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky joined remotely, asking for more ammunition.

Marin told Yle that Europe still had much to do to bolster its own defence industry, adding that Ukraine needs more heavy equipment such as tanks and fighter jets.

She, however, declined to comment on whether Finland would deliver fighter jets to Ukraine, which has become a domestic topic of discussion.

Zelensky on Thursday took to Twitter to thank Finland for greenlighting a new 161-million-euro aid package for his country.

On Thursday Finland agreed to deliver more defence materiel to Ukraine. The package—the 14th to date—includes tanks, heavy weapons and munitions. The government also said Finland will hand over three Leopard armoured mine-clearing vehicles, as well as training related to their use and maintenance.

Finland has now sent a total of six Leopard 2 vehicles to Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Defence. The combined value of all defence materiel packages submitted by Finland so far is about 910 million euros.

Nato questions

The topic of Sweden's Nato ratification process also surfaced in Brussels, with Swedish premier Ulf Kristersson speaking on the sidelines of the meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán.

Orbán did not, however, provide an explanation as to why the country had decided to accept Finland's Nato bid before Sweden's.

The Hungarian parliament is expected to vote on Finland's membership next Monday.

The summit also focused on the bloc's economic and financial issues. On this front Marin said she was calling for improved monetary policy coordination between the European Central Bank and member states.

"It's in everyone's interest to reduce inflation and increase stability," she said, noting that the European Central Bank was unlikely to stop raising interest rates.

She said high energy costs coupled with Russia's invasion of Ukraine meant EU member states would need to up their own energy production for inflation to fall.


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