Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (center) participates for the first time in the NATO-Ukraine Council together with German Foreign Minister Analena Berbock and the pact’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
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NATO foreign ministers agreed Wednesday to step up work with Ukraine on a wide range of security issues in an effort to show solidarity amid the distraction of the war between Israel and Hamas, Politico reports from Brussels.
In a statement, the NATO allies pledged to “remain steadfast in their commitment to further strengthen political and practical support for Ukraine” and that they would “continue their support as long as necessary” after a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said there is “no sense of fatigue” among allies on aid to Ukraine, adding that the US expects President Joe Biden’s additional funding for Ukraine to be approved by the US Congress in the coming weeks.
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Maria Gabriel assured that “Bulgaria remains committed to providing assistance to Ukraine in the sectors where our help is needed”.
“The fulfillment of our commitments is a clear expression of our solidarity with Ukraine,” said Gabriel, quoted by the press center of the Foreign Ministry.
“We are increasing our interoperability with NATO,” Kuleba said ahead of the first meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council at the level of foreign ministers on Wednesday.
“We are turning into a de facto NATO army in terms of our technical capacity, management approaches and army management principles,” the minister said.
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According to the NATO statement, the alliance and Ukraine “already work and make decisions together, as equals, on a wide range of issues, including interoperability, energy security, innovation, cyber defense and resilience.”
NATO countries will also work to “help rebuild Ukraine’s security and defense sector and support Ukraine’s long-term deterrence and defense.”
“As part of these efforts, we are developing a roadmap for Ukraine’s transition to full interoperability with NATO,” the ministers’ statement said.