Live updates | Britain sends more military aid to Ukraine

MADRID (AP) — The latest news on the last day of the NATO summit in Madrid:

Britain is sending 1 billion pounds (1.21 billion dollars) in military aid to Ukraine, bringing total military and economic aid since the start of the war to 3.8 billion pounds.

The government said the new money is earmarked for equipment, including air defense systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and electronic warfare equipment.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged a NATO summit in Madrid on Thursday to “dig deep” in support of Ukraine.

Great Britain is the second largest contributor to military aid to Ukraine after the United States. It is also one of only nine of NATO’s 30 members to meet the alliance’s target of spending 2% of GDP on defense.

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NATO leaders arrive at a conference center in Madrid for the third and final day of their annual summit.

The 30-member alliance will conclude its talks with a working session on security issues for the southern flank, namely in unstable areas of North Africa and the Middle East.

On Wednesday, NATO countries pledged their continued support to Ukraine in its efforts to resist the Russian invasion. It also released an updated Strategic Concept, the document outlining its key security concerns for the next decade, listing Russia as its biggest threat and adding China for the first time.

NATO has also announced that it will bolster its rapid response forces for Eastern Europe, from 40,000 to 300,000 troops ready to respond to any attack by Russia on NATO territory.

The alliance has also paved the way for Sweden and Finland to become new members after overcoming Turkey’s doubts.

BRUSSELS — China has responded to NATO by calling it a security challenge by calling the Western military alliance a “Cold War relic” that “smears” Beijing’s international reputation.

On Wednesday, NATO released its updated Strategic Concept, the document outlining key security threats for the coming decade. While Russia was listed as its biggest threat, NATO included China for the first time.

It said China “seeks to undermine the rules-based international order, including in space, cyber and maritime” and warned of its close ties to Moscow.

A statement released Thursday by China’s Mission to the European Union replied: “As NATO positions China as a ‘systems challenge’, we must pay close attention and respond in a coordinated manner. When it comes to acts that undermine China’s interests, we will respond with determination and force.”

China urged to promote peace through its cooperation with the United Nations and its foreign development projects.

It called the alliance of 30 countries a source of instability.

“NATO claims to be a defensive organization that maintains rules-based international order, but it has bypassed the UN Security Council and waged wars against sovereign states, causing massive casualties and displaced tens of millions,” it said.


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