Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas addressed the Russian war in Ukraine, evaluated the progress made in strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defence, discussed nuclear deterrence and voiced the necessity to join efforts to strengthen the guard of critical infrastructure at the meeting in Brussels with NATO colleagues Defence Ministers.
“The missile strikes against civilian infrastructure in Ukraine that Russia has carried out this week demonstrates how much more we need to step up our support to Ukraine. NATO has to amplify deterrence and defence and to look properly into all versions of the possible escalation scenario by Russia. The irresponsible conduct of Belarus is also a concern,” underscored Minister of National Defence A. Anušauskas in his addresses.
Ministers of Defence also discussed the need for a closer coordination in conducting joint defence procurement in order to stock up sooner. “Countries near the front lines can not affording waiting for new equipment and ammunition for years. A closer cooperation between NATO and defence industry so that assistance to Ukraine continues and NATO remains protected is vital in the context of the Russian war in Ukraine,” Minister said.
At the North Atlantic Council session with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell Ministers addressed NATO and EU operations and assistance to Ukraine.
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