NATO countries pledged to continue strengthening Ukraine’s air defenses

NATO reported that the allies “reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen Ukraine’s defenses” (EFE/Ilya U. Topper) (Ilya U. Topper/)

The member states of the NATO They reaffirmed this Wednesday their commitment to continue strengthening Ukraine’s air defense to confront Russian attacks.

The allies expressed themselves in this sense during a new ambassador-level meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council, a forum for consultation and decision-making in which both parties participate as equals.

“The Allies have already delivered a wide range of air defense systems to Ukraine and today reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen Ukraine’s defenses,” the Alliance said in a statement.

He added that through NATO, the organization’s member states “are purchasing up to 1,000 Patriot air defense missiles to replenish their reserves, while continuing to strengthen Ukraine’s air defenses.”

“Germany recently delivered Patriot and Skynex air defense systems and additional IRIS-T air defense missiles to Ukraine,” while “the United Kingdom is sending around 200 air defense missiles to Ukraine,” the transatlantic organization noted.

“Today, allies made clear that they will continue to provide Ukraine with significant military, economic and humanitarian assistance, and many allies outlined plans to provide billion euros in additional capacities in 2024″NATO added.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Alliance “strongly condemns Russian missile and drone attacks against Ukrainian civilians,” as well as “with weapons of North Korea and Iran”.

The Norwegian politician added that, for the second year in a row, Russian President Vladimir Putin “is trying to wear down Ukraine with massive attacks, but he will not succeed.”

Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO (Photo: EuropaPress)
Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO (Photo: EuropaPress) (Federico Gambarini/dpa/)

“Russia’s campaign of cruelty only strengthens Ukraine’s resolve. As Moscow steps up its attacks on Ukrainian cities and civilians, NATO allies are bolstering Ukraine’s air defenses. We will continue to support brave Ukrainians as they fight against Russia’s war of aggression,” Stoltenberg said.

The NATO-Ukraine Council meeting took place today in Brussels “following recent waves of intense Russian airstrikes against Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure,” according to NATO.

“Allies strongly condemned the escalation of Russian airstrikes against Ukraine, as well as Russia’s use of ballistic missiles from North Korea and drones from Iran.”detailed the transatlantic organization.

This Wednesday’s meeting was called at the request of kyiv and was chaired by Stoltenberg.

NATO allies and Sweden were briefed by video conference by Lieutenant General Mikola Oleschuk, commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, and Deputy Interior Minister Oleksii Serhieiev.

(With information from EFE)