Report: Ukraine Asks NATO For Leftover Afghanistan Funds• https://news.antiwar.com, by Dave DeCamp
NATO is considering using a $3.4 billion fund that was meant to support the now-defunct US-backed Afghan government to provide more aid for Ukraine, POLITICO reported on Wednesday.
Known as the Afghan National Army Trust Fund, the money was donated by individual NATO countries. The report said that Kyiv has asked NATO to consider using the money to support Ukraine in its war against Russia.
The US is not a contributor to the Afghan fund but has previously provided Ukraine with military equipment that was meant for the old Afghan government. Earlier this year, the US sent Kyiv 16 Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters that it originally procured for Afghanistan.
Western officials told POLITICO that NATO allies have discussed using the Afghan funds for Ukraine and are leaning toward doing so, although the decision is up to each individual country.