Ukraine's Defence Minister Will Visit Brussels to Meet with Colleagues from NATO Countries

Wednesday, 27 September 2023

Defence ministers of the NATO member countries invited their Ukrainian counterpart Rustem Umierov to the meeting, which will take place within the framework of the Ukraine-NATO Council meeting.

"The official meeting of the Minister of Defence with the member countries of the alliance at the headquarters will take place in October, when the meeting of the ministers of defence of the Alliance will take place, to which he was invited as part of the council meeting," Interfax Ukraine cites Natalia Halibarenko, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the North Atlantic Alliance

Halibarenko says that this will be a good opportunity to get to know each other in a wide format and exchange ideas.

The meeting of the Alliance's defence ministers will be held at its headquarters in Brussels on 11-12 October, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as a host.

Earlier, Umierov participated in the Ramstein-format meeting in Germany for the first time on 19 September, led by the USA.

Before that, Ukraine's new defence minister held his first telephone conversations with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and top EU diplomat Josep Borrell.

The Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) approved the appointment of Rustem Umierov, the former head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine, as the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, on 6 September.

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