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NATO Foreign Ministers To Set Up Ukraine Trust Fund

BRUSSELS -- NATO foreign ministers are planning to set up a trust fund to support Ukraine's defense capacity when they meet in Brussels on June 24-25.

A NATO source tells RFE/RL that the trust fund will focus on boosting Ukrainian defense in areas such as logistics, command and control, and cyberdefense.

No lethal aid to Ukraine has so far been discussed.

At the moment, there is also no decision on a timeline for setting up the fund or how much money will be available.

Officials also say no change is expected in an April decision to suspend all practical NATO-Russia cooperation, amid speculation that a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council would be convened soon to take stock of the situation in Ukraine.

Foreign ministers will also discuss the situation in Afghanistan and review progress ahead of a NATO summit in September in the four countries aspiring for NATO membership -- Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, and Macedonia.

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