Portuguese defence minister says country ‘will keep helping Ukraine’

In a note sent to news agencies, the defence ministry said that the meeting “aimed to ensure the supply, in the shortest possible time, of Ukraine’s military needs in the face of Russia’s aggression, considering that these needs have been changing over time with the changing situation on the ground” and “sought to respond to these changes through greater coordination among partners and allies, and the sustainability of capabilities and the defence industrial base in the long term.” [Shutterstock/Alonafoto]

The defence ministry is “willing to continue supporting” Ukraine, Defence Minister Helena Carreiras said on Tuesday, adding that “Portugal continues to analyse” Ukraine’s equipment needs.

Carreiras participated on Tuesday by videoconference in a meeting of the Ukraine Defence Consultative Group held in Germany, a meeting convened by the US and attended by over 40 countries, the ministry said.

In a note sent to news agencies, the defence ministry said that the meeting “aimed to ensure the supply, in the shortest possible time, of Ukraine’s military needs in the face of Russia’s aggression, considering that these needs have been changing over time with the changing situation on the ground” and “sought to respond to these changes through greater coordination among partners and allies, and the sustainability of capabilities and the defence industrial base in the long term.”

“Portugal continues to analyse Ukraine’s equipment needs and has shown it will continue its support bilaterally and within a wider range of countries,” the government added.

In the statement, the ministry said that Portugal has sent and delivered to Ukraine about 70 tonnes of lethal military equipment, (various weapons and ammunition) and non-lethal (helmets and ballistic jackets, for example), and that about 100 tonnes of material are in transit, which includes medical equipment.

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