Berlin, 19 June 2023 (TDI): In preparation for the upcoming NATO Summit, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock held a conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today.

The discussion mainly centered on enhancing cooperation with Ukraine and the swift integration of Sweden into the alliance.

Minister Baerbock emphasized the importance of deepening collaboration with Ukraine, particularly in light of the security challenges it currently faces.

The ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine necessitates strong support and solidarity from NATO member states.

Minister Baerbock and Secretary General Stoltenberg explored avenues for further developing NATO’s partnership with Ukraine to strengthen its defense capabilities and promote regional stability.

Regarding Sweden’s potential membership in NATO, Minister Baerbock expressed Germany’s support for Sweden’s swift accession to the alliance.

Sweden has shown a strong commitment to collective security and has actively contributed to NATO missions and operations.

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Minister Baerbock underscored the significance of Sweden’s inclusion in NATO as it would reinforce the alliance’s capabilities and foster a more comprehensive and effective defense posture in the region.

The conversation between Minister Baerbock and Secretary General Stoltenberg exemplifies Germany’s dedication to NATO’s collective defense and its commitment to strengthening partnerships and expanding the alliance.

As the NATO Summit approaches, Germany remains committed to constructive discussions and initiatives that advance the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic region.

The NATO Summit provides an important platform for member states to address shared security challenges, reinforce alliances, and shape the future direction of the alliance.

Germany, along with its NATO partners, will continue to work towards maintaining a strong, adaptable, and united NATO to address the evolving security landscape and promote peace and stability worldwide.

The NATO summit is scheduled to take place on July 11-12, 2023, next month in Vilnius, Lithuania.

This summit takes place annually, where heads of state and heads of government from member states come together to formulate a strategy for the alliances one year ahead.