Ukraine, Denmark sign security agreement – Zelenskyy

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In Lviv, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, signed the Agreement on Security Cooperation and Long-Term Support between Denmark and Ukraine.

The document was concluded in the development of the provisions of the Joint Declaration adopted by Ukraine and the members of the “Group of Seven” in Vilnius on July 12, 2023, to which all the countries of Northern Europe immediately joined.

According to the agreement, Denmark confirms its unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized 1991 borders.

Denmark’s security commitments reflect a strategic choice and comprehensive support for Ukraine’s inalienable right to self-defense against Russia’s current full-scale military aggression and deterring Russian aggression in the future.

The document establishes the main components of the security obligations provided to Ukraine by Denmark, in particular regarding long-term military and financial assistance, and defines the priority areas of bilateral security cooperation in the military and non-military spheres, in particular in the political, financial, humanitarian and reform sectors.

According to the agreement, in 2024 Denmark’s military support will amount to at least 1.8 billion euros. In addition, the Danish Fund for Support of Ukraine totaling EUR 8.5 billion covers support in 2023-2028 and serves as a comprehensive framework for long-term military and civilian assistance.

Denmark will provide support to Ukraine during the ten years of this Agreement.

The document provides for continued military assistance in various areas in coordination and cooperation with relevant international partners and institutions, focusing on air force and air defense, maritime security, demining, technology and drones, as well as other key capabilities and urgent needs of Ukraine.

Among other things, Denmark will support efforts to ensure an integrated F-16 capability through the aviation coalition, including by providing fighters, munitions, trainers and training, as well as contributing to the long-term maintenance of the fighters and creating the right conditions in Ukraine.

The partners will cooperate so that Ukraine can counter Russian cyber aggression, cyber espionage and hybrid warfare.

Denmark will also continue to actively interact with the city of Mykolaiv and the Mykolaiv region to support their reconstruction, sustainability and reforms.

In addition, the agreement confirms Denmark’s support for Ukraine’s future membership in the EU and NATO, in particular by supporting Ukraine’s reform plans and the compatibility of its Defense and Security Forces with the Alliance. The parties confirm that Ukraine is an integral part of Euro-Atlantic and global security. Ukraine, for its part, undertakes to implement the reforms defined by the EU, the IMF and NATO.

In the event of a future Russian armed attack on Ukraine, the agreement provides for consultations within 24 hours in order to determine the appropriate next steps.

The document is valid for 10 years from the date of signing and provides for the possibility of extending the term of validity by joint decision of the parties.

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