NATO reportedly considering ways to ensure continued arms supply to Ukraine independent of Washington

The military alliance is reportedly discussing ways to institutionalize arming Ukraine against Russia.

NATO leaders are devising ways to limit U.S. President Donald Trump’s potential influence over Ukraine by ensuring the continued supply of arms to Kiev does not depend solely on Washington, according to reports from Western media. Trump has suggested he would reevaluate aid to Ukraine if reelected to the White House later this year.
The plans are set to be discussed at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels this week, sources have told news outlets including Politico, the Financial Times, and Euractiv.
Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the November U.S. presidential election, has claimed on the campaign trail that he could end the Ukraine conflict in 24 hours by making phone calls to Kiev and Moscow.
He has declined to explain the specifics of his scheme, but presumably intends to pressure both sides of the hostilities to force a compromise. Ukraine has declared a full military victory as the only acceptable outcome, but its army is heavily dependent on Western aid.

One of the proposed shifts in assistance to Kiev would affect the so-called Ukraine Defense Contact Group, which holds monthly meetings at the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany to coordinate weapons deliveries to Ukraine. It is currently led by Washington and includes non-NATO states that follow the U.S. lead in the conflict. The idea is to formally incorporate the group into NATO structures, according to the reports.
“There’s a feeling among, not the whole group but a part of the NATO group, that thinks it is better to institutionalize the process just in case of a Trump reelection,” Jim Townsend, a former Pentagon and NATO official, told Politico.
Outgoing NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has reportedly suggested the creation of a fund to pay for arms supplies over the next five years. Dubbed Mission for Ukraine, the war chest would amount to up to $100 billion or €100 billion ($108 billion), conflicting reports have said.
In addition to “Trump-proofing” and entrenching arms deliveries, giving NATO a formal role would supposedly allow it to push Ukraine into implementing reforms required for its eventual accession to the bloc, according to justifications cited by Euractiv.

Moscow considers the Ukraine conflict to be part of a U.S.-led proxy war against Russia, in which Kiev and NATO serve as tools of American hegemony. The U.S.-led bloc’s expansion in Europe and its intention to absorb Ukraine were among the key triggers of the hostilities, according to the Russian leadership.