NATO Defence Ministers meet to discuss Ukraine
(NATO Press Release) -NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previewed the issues that NATO Defence Ministers will discuss over the next two days in Brussels, including support for Ukraine, strengthened deterrence and defence, NATO operations and missions, and the situation in the Middle East. He was joined by Ukrainian President Zelenskyy who is at NATO Headquarters to take part in the US-led Ukraine Defence Contact Group meeting, alongside more than 50 countries.
The Secretary General told President Zelenskyy that “your fight is our fight, your security is our security, and your values are our values. And we will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes”. He indicated that “we will further strengthen our relationship and help Ukraine move towards NATO membership”. Allied Defence Ministers will meet with their Ukrainian counterpart, Minister Umerov, in the NATO-Ukraine Council this afternoon to discuss the situation in Ukraine and NATO’s continued support.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has posted to social media following the US-led Ukraine Defence Contact Group.
I met with @SecDef and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Charles Brown.— Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) October 11, 2023
I thanked the US for its unwavering support and the latest military aid package.
As winter approaches, it’s critical to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense to protect our military, people, and economy. pic.twitter.com/ROUyzXNPUi