The Government is to have the right to decide to donate military equipment to Ukraine, and to sell artillery pieces to the UK. This is the essence of a proposal from the Government, which the Riksdag has approved.
The proposal was submitted in an additional amending budget for 2023. By way of an authorisation, the Riksdag gives the Government the right to decide to donate military equipment to Ukraine to a maximum value of SEK 6.2 billion. This includes tanks, artillery pieces of the type Archer Artillery System and Robot 97, as well as ammunition. In addition, the Government may decide to sell 14 artillery pieces of the type Archer Artillery System to the UK, which previously donated artillery pieces of this kind to Ukraine.
In order to finance the proposal, appropriations to the Swedish Armed Forces will be increased by SEK 730 million during this year. For the period 2024–28, the Government’s assessment is that appropriations to the Swedish Armed Forces need to increase by SEK 6.1 billion. The donation to Ukraine will partly also be financed by revenue from sales.
In total, central government expenditure is estimated to increase by 0.7 billion during the year as a result of the proposal. The Government’s justification for the proposal is that it is in Sweden’s interests to offer military equipment to Ukraine.