Stoltenberg: NATO allies provide support to Ukraine to enable it to exercise the right to defend itself

“Ukraine is a sovereign, independent nation, and Ukraine has, of course, the right to defend itself….When Ukraine is threatened I think everyone understands that Ukraine is actually stepping up its efforts to be able to defend itself. And NATO allies provide support to Ukraine to enable Ukraine to uphold the right to defend itself,” [NATO Secretary General Jens] Stoltenberg said in a press conference following the extraordinary meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on Friday.

He said that “Ukraine is not a NATO ally, but Ukraine is a close and highly valued partner which is threatened by Russia.” Stoltenberg added that the Russian Federation has occupied part of the Ukrainian territory and continues to destabilize Donbas.