NATO states defence ministers expressed support for Ukraine and Georgia

2022-02-17 19:40:00 | ID: 66536

Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov took part in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of NATO defence ministers. Georgian Defence Minister Juansher Burchuladze was also invited to participate.

During the meeting, the security situation in the region was discussed in the context of the rise of military threat from the Russian Federation. Representatives of the Alliance stressed the consistent and sustainable policy of the Alliance’s open doors, expressed support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within internationally recognized borders, and stressed the need for political and practical support.

“The meeting took place in time of the increase of provocative shelling in the JFO area. In particular, I informed the ministers of 30 Allied states about the shelling by Russian-controlled illegal military groups of a kindergarten in Stanytsia Luhanska. All participants expressed support for Ukraine, many of them noted our restraint and readiness to seek political and diplomatic solutions. Approaches to assisting our state in repelling Russian aggression were discussed. It was emphasized that each Member State could decide on the format of support, including the provision of weapons. Several countries have expressed their views on inviting Ukraine and Georgia to the NATO summit in Madrid. The issue of involving Ukraine to the work of certain Alliance agencies was raised, among other, to joint strengthening cybersecurity and counter misinformation. I thanked all the partners for their help. I also want to express solidarity with our Georgian friends,” said Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov.