Opening remarks

by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers session, with the participation of partners

  • 07 Apr. 2022 -
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  • Last updated: 07 Apr. 2022 15:04

(As delivered)

Good morning and welcome to all of you.

It's great to see you all here at the NATO headquarters. We are joined today by our partners from Ukraine, Georgia, Finland, Sweden, and the European Union, and by our Asia Pacific partners, Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and New Zealand, so very much welcome to all of you.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has profound implications for European security that has also shaken the entire international order. Our partners presence here today is a sign of our unity, to support Ukraine, to condemn Russia's aggression, and to defend the rules based international order. A special welcome to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Welcome to you.

The Ukrainian people have inspired us all with their courage and determination. It is important to hear directly from you, Dmytro, and discuss the way forward. This concludes the public part of this meeting and thank the media for joining us and then the meeting will continue in just a moment. Thank you so much.