Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultkvist is ready to send Swedish troops to Ukraine as part of an EU-led training mission. He announced this on Tuesday, November 16, on the air of the Ekot news service of the Swedish radio Sveriges Radio.

“We see this as a very important part of the designation of the EU’s ambitions to promote the security and sovereignty of Ukraine,” said the head of the defense department.

As SR specified, a proposal for such a mission came from the Baltic states. The reason, according to the radio station, was the growth of tensions near the border with Ukraine, next to which, according to the Politico magazine, the concentration of Russian army units was increased.

The Swedish Defense Minister did not go into details of what the training mission will look like and how much Stockholm will contribute to it. “Of course, we must be open in order” to play our part, “if we push this issue forward and believe we must support it,” Hultqvist said.

“At present, all attention is focused on Poland” and on what is happening on the border with Belarus, and “this may mean that Ukraine has receded a little into the background,” the minister said. At the same time, it is necessary to demonstrate “very clear solidarity” with Kiev at any time, he added.

Meanwhile, as reported by the dpa agency, a possible EU mission in Ukraine was discussed at a meeting of the defense ministers of the EU countries.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, after a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba on November 15, said that the alliance sees a “large and unusual” concentration of Russian troops near the borders of Ukraine.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian issued a joint statement in which they said they were concerned about Russian military activity near Ukraine’s borders.

“In light of recent concerns about the movement of Russian troops and material objects near Ukraine, we call on Russia to show restraint and provide transparent information about its military activity,” the statement stressed. “Any new attempt to undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine will have serious consequences.”