NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that he was confident the United States would continue to provide support for Ukraine, amid divisions among US lawmakers over agreeing to greater funding for Ukraine in its war against Russia.
Speaking to reporters before the start of two days of talks with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Stoltenberg praised what he called NATO allies’ unprecedented military support for Ukraine in response to the Russian invasion.
“Now the challenge is, we need to maintain that support,” Stoltenberg said.
He described supporting Ukraine as a NATO obligation, and said a Russian victory in Ukraine would be a “tragedy for Ukraine” and dangerous for NATO members.
Stoltenberg met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken before the ministerial talks began.
“We will reaffirm our support for Ukraine as it continues to face war with Russia,” Blinken told reporters in a joint appearance with Stoltenberg.
On Wednesday (29/11), Blinken led a US delegation visiting NATO member North Macedonia, which is hosting a meeting of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) foreign ministers in its capital, Skopje, this weekend.
The United States will host the next NATO summit in Washington on July 9 to 11, 2024. Blinken will discuss priorities for the meeting in Washington with his counterparts as the alliance celebrates its 75th anniversary next year. (ps/rs)