The NATO foreign ministers meeting concluded yesterday with a session of the NATO-Ukraine Council, which included the participation of Dmytro Kuleba, the Kiev regime’s foreign minister. “Allies remain steadfast in their commitment to further step up political and practical support to Ukraine as it continues to defend its independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and will continue their support for as long as it takes,” the alliance said in a statement issued afterwards.
According to the statement, the ministers approved “an ambitious work program” for 2024. “In this context, NATO and Ukraine are already working and taking decisions together, as equals, on a broad range of issues, including interoperability, energy security, innovation, cyber defense, and resilience,” it said. In other words, it’s about making Ukraine more NATO-like.
As he had done in the pre-meeting press conference on Nov. 28, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg again contradicted himself regarding Russia. On the one hand, he claimed during his closing press conference yesterday that “Moscow is mortgaging its future to Beijing” and is under pressure economically (notably from sanctions and trade cuts that have cost Europe more than Russia). He added: “At the same time, we must not underestimate Russia. Russia’s economy is on a war footing. Putin has a high tolerance for casualties. And Russian aims in Ukraine have not changed. Russia has amassed a large missile stockpile ahead of winter. And we see new attempts to strike Ukraine’s power grid and energy infrastructure.”