by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Defence Ministers’ session with Georgia and Ukraine
Good morning and welcome to all of you.
And a very warm welcome to our colleagues from Georgia and Ukraine, Minister Burchuladze and Minister Reznikov.
A special warm welcome to both of you.
As we are meeting today, peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area is under threat.
There are signs from Moscow that diplomacy could continue.
But so far, we have not seen any sign of withdrawal or de-escalation.
Russia has yet again demonstrated its disregard for the principles underpinning European security and its ability and willingness to threaten the use force in pursuit of its objectives.
Unfortunately, I am afraid this is the new normal which we need to be prepared for.
NATO Allies have been tireless in their efforts to work towards a political and diplomatic solution.
We have done so in close coordination with both Georgia and Ukraine.
And NATO’s strong political and practical support for both Georgia and Ukraine continues.
And I would like to thank the media for joining us at the top of the meeting.
And then, we continue in a moment.