On the sidelines of the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met on Sunday (local time) with his German, British and French counterparts in Berlin where they discussed the situation in Ukraine and the ongoing negotiations with Iran on reviving the nuclear deal. .
Blinken met with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss and French Director General for Political and Security Affairs Philippe Errera.
“They discussed the continued response of allies and partners against Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine. The leaders also discussed ongoing negotiations with Iran and efforts to reach an agreement on a mutual return to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),,” the State Department statement read.
Taking to Twitter, Blinken wrote: “I spoke today with my counterparts from Germany, the UK and France about our plans to continue supporting Ukraine while holding Putin (Russian President Vladimir Putin) and his responsible facilitators. We also discussed our efforts to reach a mutual agreement to return to the full implementation of the JCPOA with Iran.”
Earlier, Blinken also met Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Berlin and discussed security and economic aid for Kyiv.
“I met with FM @DmytroKuleba ahead of today’s @NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting to discuss the security and economic assistance Ukraine needs to defend against the unprovoked war of the Russia Our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity remains unwavering and enduring,” Blinken tweeted.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement that the two men discussed the G7 and NATO foreign ministers’ meetings this week and that the secretary stressed the strong support provided to Ukraine by Allies and partners at these meetings.
Blinken passed on details regarding the latest tranche of US security assistance to bolster Ukraine’s defenses, Price said. grain to international markets. The Secretary underscored the enduring commitment of the United States to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s unprovoked war,” the State Department spokesperson said.
NATO foreign ministers met in Berlin on Sunday to discuss Finland and Sweden’s possible membership application as well as to reaffirm NATO’s support for Ukraine following the the Russian invasion.
Speaking to the media via video link alongside German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Stoltenberg said Sweden and Finland are NATO’s closest partners and if they decide to apply for membership, that would be “historic”.
“Their NATO membership would strengthen our shared security, demonstrate that NATO’s door is open and aggression does not pay,” Stoltenberg said, reiterating that all sovereign nations have the right to choose their own path. .
Concluding the two-day meeting of ministers, Stoltenberg said the Allies also discussed support for Ukraine, strengthening NATO deterrence and defense as well as the longer-term implications of the “war of Russia” against Ukraine.
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