The head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba on Thursday asked NATO members to quickly provide him with all the weapons his country needs to fight Russian forces.
“I come to ask for three things: arms, arms and arms. The faster they will be delivered, the more lives will be saved and destruction avoided”, pleaded the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs on his arrival at NATO headquarters in Brussels for a meeting with his counterparts from the countries of the Atlantic Alliance.
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“Ukraine has the right to defend itself. We will listen to the needs presented to us by Dmytro Kouleba and discuss how to respond,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“We need planes, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft defense,” insisted the Ukrainian minister.
“I call on all allies to put aside their hesitations, their reluctance to provide Ukraine with everything it needs,” he said.
“It is clear that Germany can do more, given its reserves,” he added.
“We know how to fight. We know how to win, but without a sustainable and sufficient supply of all the weapons demanded by Ukraine, this victory will impose enormous sacrifices,” he explained.
“We will continue to support Ukraine to help it in its ability to defend itself, but it is important for us to coordinate together, to act together and not to act individually,” said the minister. German upon arrival. Annalena Baerbock has offered to hold an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in May in Berlin.
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A meeting of Ministers of G7 member countries with the participation of Japanese Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi was organized at NATO Headquarters before the Alliance Plenary.
“The objective of today’s meeting within the G7 is to ensure that we maintain the pressure on Russia,” said Canadian Minister Mélanie Joly.
“We also want to make sure that there are no loopholes, that within the West we are coordinated, and that every jurisdiction can impose strong sanctions on people, especially Vladimir Putin and his oligarchs. , but also on very important companies, which feed the war machine”, she added.
The European Union is considering a 5th set of sanctions which, for the first time, includes measures in the energy sector with an embargo on coal purchases from Russia and the closure of EU ports to Russian ships . President Putin’s two daughters and several oligarchs should be added to the EU blacklist, according to the document seen by AFP.
“The agreement must be finalized by the ambassadors of the EU countries and it should be ratified on Monday at the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg”, announced the head of European diplomacy, the Spaniard Josep Borrell on his arrival at NATO Headquarters.
“Oil is not in the 5th package, but it will be discussed in Luxembourg on Monday and (there will be a decision) sooner or later,” he said. Josep Borrell will return from Kyiv when he chairs the ministerial meeting in Luxembourg.
“The sanctions decided must be applied. We must impose an embargo on Russian oil and gas and I hope that it will not take new atrocities in Ukraine for these sanctions to be decided, ”warned Dmytro Kouleba.