NATO agrees to provide air defense assistance to Ukraine

  13 October 2022    Read: 320
  NATO agrees to provide air defense assistance to Ukraine

NATO will provide more air defense assistance to Ukraine, the 30-member military alliance’s secretary general said on Thursday, reports citing Anadolu Agency. 

Jens Stoltenberg spoke at a joint press conference with US defense minister Lloyd Austin before the second day of the NATO defense minister’s reunion in Brussels.

Stoltenberg announced that the ministers agreed to “provide more air defense assistance to Ukraine” at the meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on Wednesday.

“We will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes,” he reiterated, vowing increased support for the country, which is battling Russian forces since February.

NATO also welcomes the decision of the UN General Assembly condemning Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories and calling on Moscow to restore the country’s territorial integrity, he added.

For his part, Austin hailed NATO allies who “step up to provide security assistance”. 

“This alliance is the essential forum for consultation, decision-making and action when it comes to the security of the region,” he said.

Austin also reassured of the US commitment to protecting “every inch of NATO's territory” in line with its Article 5 on collective defense.

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