NATO Secretary General discusses situation around Ukraine with EU Commission President

Source : 112 Ukraine

EU - NATO strategic partnership essential for peace and stability in Europe
08:34, 9 January 2022

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen. During the meeting, they discussed the situation around Ukraine. This was reported by both politicians on Twitter.

“We discussed Russia's military build-up in and around Ukraine, as well as the implications for European security. NATO continues to coordinate with our strategic partner, the EU, as we prepare for the meeting in the NATO-Russia Council,” Jens Stoltenberg wrote.

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Ursula von der Layen added about the need for a strategic partnership between the EU and NATO.

"We discussed Russia’s military buildup in and around Ukraine. EU - NATO strategic partnership essential for peace and stability in Europe," she said.

Russia continues to gradually build up its forces near the borders of Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference. He stated this after an extraordinary meeting in Brussels of the foreign ministers of the alliance member states.

"The build-up of forces has not stopped, it continues. There is a gradual strengthening, with a large number of forces with large opportunities," he said.

"Today the ministers stressed that any further aggression against Ukraine will have significant consequences and a high cost for Russia. Allies continue to support Ukraine, we fully support its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we provide political and practical support," Stoltenberg said.

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