North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to Deepen Partnership with Georgia, Ukraine

Cheryl Sanders
April 5, 2020

Stoltenberg and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Tod D. Wolters, are also taking part in the meeting that will look at ways to further support the non-NATO countries of Ukraine and Georgia.

According to Stoltenberg, the package of support, which will be approved tomorrow, is an additional one to the existing packages.

"The threats and the challenges we're faced with don't disappear because of the Covid-19 crisis", Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference Wednesday ahead of the one-day meeting.

Stoltenberg said the ministers had asked U.S. Air Force General Tod Wolters, who now heads NATO's Allied Air Command, "to coordinate the necessary military support to combat the crisis, to speed up and step up assistance".

While the disease is hitting all its member countries and could yet raise security concerns, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation itself has no front-line role to play against its spread, apart from co-ordinating and supporting national efforts with logistical, transport and communications help. Flights carrying aid and equipment will be given priority in European airspace.

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Russia, meanwhile, has been conducting drills that its defence ministry says are aimed at checking troop readiness to deal with any contagion.

"We chose to deepen our partnerships with Ukraine and Georgia even further, including with exercises in the strategic Black Sea region as well as joint work to counter hybrid warfare and efforts to share more air traffic radar data, making the skies safer for all", Stoltenberg said. "And efforts to share more air traffic radar data, making the skies safer for all", Stoltenberg said.

"During the Foreign Ministers Meeting, current issues on NATO's agenda, such as the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the strengthening of the Alliance's political role, among others, will be discussed".

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