Brussels, 11 October 2022 (TDI): The Secretary General of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), Jens Stoltenberg previewed the Defense Ministerial Meeting that will take place from 12-13 October in Brussels.

The purpose of the meeting is to continue Ukraine’s support against Russian escalation and strengthen NATO’s defense capabilities.

Apart from the defense ministerial meeting, the United States-led Ukraine Defense Contact Group will also meet at NATO’S headquarters in Brussels.

The defense minister of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov, on Wednesday, will update the defense contact group regarding the recent developments.

The Secretary-General of NATO on Thursday will chair a meeting of the Nuclear Planning Group. The group will discuss NATO’s nuclear deterrence capability to restore peace and counter Russian aggression.

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Pre-Ministerial Press Conference

In the pre-ministerial press conference ahead of the NATO Defense Ministers and Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting, the Secretary-General stated, “NATO will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

He added, “NATO is not a party to the conflict. But our support is playing a key role. Allies remain united in their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and self-defense.” The allies will continue to support Ukraine’s effort to defend itself and liberate its territory from Russia.

He appreciated allies for announcing to provide Ukraine with an advanced air defense system, “I welcome the recent announcements by Allies to provide more advanced air defense systems and other capabilities to Ukraine. And I look forward to furthering deliveries.”

He highlighted the importance of unity between NATO and the EU (European Union) as both face similar security challenges.

“We have a difficult winter ahead. So, it is even more important that North America and Europe continue to stand united in support of Ukraine and defense of our people,” Stoltenberg concluded.

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