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NATO meeting to discuss more pressure on Russia, support for Ukraine: US' Blinken

Convening on the Russia-Ukraine war, the NATO foreign ministers meeting will discuss more pressure on Moscow and further support for Kyiv, the US secretary of state said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the opening of the two-day meeting in Brussels, Antony Blinken said that they have followed a triple strategy of supporting Ukraine, exerting extraordinary pressure on Russia and guaranteeing NATO defense since the start of the aggression.

"And today, tomorrow, we'll continue to talk about not only how we can sustain these efforts, but how we can build upon them," he said.

Blinken further said: "We're also in a period of tremendous importance for the future of our alliances, not just with regard to the Russian aggression against Ukraine … but also by other challenges that we have to face together as an alliance."

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was beside the top US diplomat addressing the reporters before the start of the meeting.

He said the NATO foreign ministers meeting will address the “global ramifications” of the Ukraine crisis and cooperation in different fields with NATO's partners from Asia Pacific.

The Strategic Concept, he said, will be discussed during the first session of the meeting that will frame “how NATO should continue to be the strongest alliance in history, facing a more dangerous world and the new security reality.”


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