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Ukraine and Denmark signed an agreement on security cooperation and long-term support

Denmark will provide military aid to Ukraine and support efforts to deliver F-16 fighter jets, ammunition, training, and maintenance. The following agreement was signed by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, in Lviv on February 23, 2024.

Photo: Presidential Office of Ukraine

“This [Russia’s war against Ukraine – ed.] is the most serious security policy situation since the end of the Cold War. And we, from the Danish government’s side, cannot emphasize enough how important it is that Ukraine receives the military capabilities that they need (…) If we don’t stand together, Ukraine won’t stand, and potentially Europe won’t either,” stated Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

The signed document sets out the main components of Denmark’s security commitments to Ukraine, including long-term military and financial assistance. It outlines the priority areas of bilateral security cooperation in the military and non-military spheres, including political, financial, humanitarian, and reform efforts.

The following agreement provides ongoing military assistance for Ukraine in cooperation with other partner states. In particular, the signed document focuses on the air force and air defense, maritime security, demining, technology, and drones, as well as other key capabilities and urgent needs of Ukraine.

According to the agreement, in 2024, Danish military support will amount to at least €1,8 billion. In addition, another €8,5 billion will be allocated to support Ukraine in 2023-2028 as long-term military and civilian aid. In total, Denmark will provide military support for Ukraine for the next ten years.

Furthermore, Denmark will continue to develop the F-16 Coalition, which aims to transfer combat aircraft to Ukraine. The following efforts will include donating fighter jets, ammunition, simulators, and training, as well as contributing to the long-term maintenance of the fighter jets and establishing the proper facilities in Ukraine.

Photo: Presidential Office of Ukraine

The Danish government will also further cooperate with other partner states to strengthen Ukraine’s potential to counter Russian cyber aggression, cyber espionage, and hybrid warfare. In addition, the signed agreement reaffirms Denmark’s assistance for Ukraine’s future membership in the European Union and NATO, particularly by supporting Ukraine’s reform plans and the transition of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to NATO standards. Ukraine, in its turn, commits to implementing the reforms set out by the European Union, International Monetary Fund, and NATO.

In the event of a future armed attack on Ukraine by Russia, the signed agreement with Denmark provides for consultations within 24 hours to determine the appropriate next steps.

“We continue to work on a new security architecture for our country. We thank Denmark for its solidarity with our people. Thank you for your help!” commented President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on X (Twitter).

Earlier in 2024, Ukraine signed similar bilateral agreements with Great Britain, Germany, and France. All three signed treaties follow the agreements reached between Ukraine and members of the G7 group during the NATO Summit in Vilnius in July 2023.