<SUNBIGHT>~Brussels~Eke~18th February,2022 @ 02:31 WAT
ON February 16 and 17, #NATO Defence Ministers met in #Brussels to address Russia’s 🇷🇺 continued military build-up in and around Ukraine 🇺🇦
NATO remains prepared for dialogue but will not compromise on core principles:
➡️ the right of each nation to choose its own path;
➡️ and the ability to protect and defend its Allies.
“NATO has sent concrete written proposals to Russia, on transparency, risk reduction and arms control. We have yet to receive a response.
I reiterate my invitation to Russia to meet again in the NATO-Russia Council. NATO” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference.
On the first day of the meetings, Ministers also welcomed the progress made on burden-sharing, with the seventh consecutive year of increased defence spending by European Allies and Canada 🇨🇦
On the second day, NATO Defence Ministers met with close partners Ukraine and Georgia 🇬🇪
They addressed the following points:
➡️ the continued threat of Russian aggression;
➡️ the deteriorating security situation in the Black Sea region;
➡️ and NATO’s strong political and practical support for both countries.
Allies confirmed that NATO’s door remains open.
“Any decision on NATO membership is for NATO Allies and aspirant countries to take; nobody else,” said Secretary General.
NATO Allies restated their strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both Georgia and Ukraine.
“We cannot accept a return to an age of spheres of influence, where big powers bully, intimidate, or dictate to others. There can be no decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine; and no decisions about Georgia without Georgia,” the Secretary General highlighted.
In the final session of this ministerial, NATO Defence Ministers also met with the Defence Ministers of Finland 🇫🇮 and Sweden 🇸🇪 and with the High Representative of the European Union 🇪🇺 for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission.■
[Courtesy: NATO Official Facebook]