More Assistance to Ukraine and Increased Deterrence: Stoltenberg on Agreements of NATO Defence Ministers

Wednesday, 15 February 2023

NATO defence minister agreed on Wednesday to increase support for Ukraine, strengthen their own deterrents and develop measures to protect vital infrastructure

According to the "European Pravda" reporter from Brussels, he told journalists about this on Wednesday at a press conference after the NATO ministerial meeting.

"I welcome new commitments to back (Ukraine) from the NATO members, including new supplies with heavy equipment and military training. Ukraine has a window of opportunity to change the balance of power. Time is of the essence," he said, without mentioning what kind of assistance he meant.

At the same time, Stoltenberg has specified that some NATO members agree to new contributions to the Comprehensive NATO aid package, which funds food, medicine, fuel, anti-drone systems and pontoon bridges to Ukraine.

In addition, NATO Secretary General pointed out, it was agreed to increase the "specialised support" of Alliance partners - Georgia, Moldova, and Bosnia and Herzegovina - to build their defence capabilities and interoperability with NATO.

As for strengthening NATO's deterrence, it is new political leadership for defence planning that will reflect the challenges posed by Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, terrorism, and China's actions.

NATO have also agreed to increase the manufacturing of weapons that are exhausting at war in Ukraine, by revising their target indicators and adopting a multinational project on creating NATO ammunition depots and developing ground air defence.

Separately, Stoltenberg mentioned the safety of vital infrastructure, recalling the sabotage of the "Nord Streams" in the Baltic Sea. For this purpose, a soon-to-be-created vital infrastructure coordination point will interact with the private sector to strengthen the protection of such facilities.

The meeting of NATO defence ministers took place in parallel with the meeting of the Contact Group on Defence of Ukraine in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As reported, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that the Alliance's priority now is not Ukraine's membership but helping it to win the full-scale war against Russia.

Lithuania's President, Gitanas Nausėda, expressed hope that new formulations on Ukraine's NATO membership (UKR) will be found at the Vilnius summit scheduled in July.

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