Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who came to NATO for the first time after the start of the war between Russia and his country in February 2022, was welcomed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the entrance of the headquarters. Zelenskyy emphasized that the coming winter would be one of the biggest challenges for his country and asked for NATO's help.
Speaking to reporters before the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting, where Türkiye was represented by Yasar Guler, Minister of National Defence, Zelenskyy stressed that the coming winter will be one of the biggest challenges for his country. Zelenskyy stated that they will discuss Ukraine's priorities with the defense ministers of NATO countries.
"We need to deploy air defense systems to concrete geographical points of our territory to protect the energy network, and grain transit routes," Zelenskyy emphasized.
"Long-range missiles or long-range weapons, it doesn't matter what we call them, the important thing is how to get them," Zelenskyy noted.
Pointing out that their focus is on how to save each day and continue defense,
"The issue here is ammunition," he emphasized.
Stoltenberg said that they will continue to support Ukraine in its war against Russia.
Stoltenberg stated that representatives of about 50 countries will meet at the United States (US)-led Ukraine Defence Contact Group meeting that new support will be provided to Ukraine and that the NATO-Ukraine Council will also meet.
Stoltenberg underlined the need for air defense, artillery systems, and ammunition support to Ukraine and noted that they expect new support statements from allies today.
"We see that Putin is again preparing to use winter as a weapon of war," Stoltenberg noted.
Russia's attack on energy systems should be prevented he emphasized.
Jens Stoltenberg reported that NATO countries have increased the production of weapons and ammunition, that there are currently 2.4 billion dollars of new contracts to increase, and that they are constantly increasing production. After making a statement to journalists, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg were greeted with applause by NATO employees gathered in this section while walking to the section where meetings will be held at NATO headquarters.
Stoltenberg stated that at the two-day NATO Defence Ministers Meeting, they will discuss NATO's training mission in Iraq, which aims to prevent the return of the terrorist organization DAESH, the NATO Peace Force in Kosovo, where tensions have increased, as well as the damage to the pipeline between Finland and Estonia in the Baltic Sea yesterday.
"The important thing is to find out how this happened. If it proves to be a deliberate attack on NATO's critical infrastructures, this would be a serious situation and would find a decisive response from NATO in unity," Stoltenberg emphasized.
Stoltenberg stated that Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant will attend tomorrow's part of the meeting via video conference and said that Gallant will provide information about the latest developments in Israel.
Stoltenberg stated that NATO allies condemn the attacks on civilians in Israel and noted that they will receive a briefing from Gallant on the latest situation.
Source: Anadolu Agency