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NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting Promises More Support for Ukraine, Targets China in Addition to Russia

April 7, 2022 (EIRNS)—At the conclusion of the second day of the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg came out vowing more alliance support to Ukraine and firing at both Russia and China. “We agreed that we must further strengthen and sustain our support to Ukraine so that Ukraine prevails in the face of Russia’s invasion,” he said. “We agreed that we must support other regional partners under pressure and we agreed to step up cooperation with our partners in the Asia-Pacific, because the crisis has global ramifications.”

Stoltenberg said that the alliance “utterly condemned the horrific murders of civilians” that supposedly took place in Bucha and other areas “recently liberated” from Russian control and that “all those responsible for these atrocities must be brought to justice.” The alliance, Stoltenberg continued, will do everything it can to help Ukraine, including by providing chemical and biological protective equipment.

In addition to the European participants, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea were also represented at the meeting. “We have seen that China is unwilling to condemn Russia’s aggression and Beijing has joined Moscow in questioning the right of nations to choose their own path,” Stoltenberg said. (But apparently, China is not allowed to choose its own path... It’s hard to keep up with the rules-based order!)

“This is a serious challenge to us all and it makes it even more important that we stand together to protect our values,” Stoltenberg added. “NATO and our Asia-Pacific partners have now agreed to step up our practical and political cooperation in several areas, including in cyber, new technology, and countering disinformation.”

Prior to the convening of today’s session, Stoltenberg personally welcomed Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who, not surprisingly, made a pitch for more weapons. “I call on all Allies to put aside their hesitations, their reluctance to provide Ukraine with everything it needs,” Kuleba said. “Because, as weird as it may sound, but today weapons serve the purpose of peace.”

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