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At NATO ministerial meeting Ukraine to discuss danger of Russia's possible invasion, steps to contain it – Kuleba

KYIV. Nov 25 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will take part in a meeting of NATO member states’ foreign ministers on the security of the Black Sea region in Riga on November 30 and December 1, which will be held in the NATO plus Ukraine and Georgia format, where he will discuss the danger of a possible Russian invasion to Ukraine.

"The key subject of my visit will be another aggravation in connection with the buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine, the danger of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine and the steps that we are taking together with our Euro-Atlantic partners to prevent such a scenario," Kuleba said at an online briefing on Thursday.

He said that he will also familiarize colleagues from the Alliance with the progress of internal transformations of our state on the way of its integration into NATO.

"The invitation of Ukraine to the ministerial meeting in Riga is a very good sign. Firstly, it is a signal of support amid Russia’s aggressive actions. Secondly, it is an opportunity to discuss the current security situation and our joint actions. Thirdly, it is an opportunity to agree on positions and expectations ahead of the NATO Madrid Summit in 2022. Ukraine’s strategic participation in the NATO ministerial meeting in Riga testifies that, thanks to our proactive foreign policy, Ukraine has become a more active participant in international politics, who is invited to the table to discuss and resolve key issues," Kuleba said.

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister said the Foreign Policy Strategy defines Ukraine’s entry into NATO as one of the key priorities.

"We are working on its implementation and reaching a consensus within the Alliance on this issue. This is a long work, but we must do it, do it systematically, and for this we have for the first time in thirty years a comprehensive Foreign Policy Strategy. It is not just a document: it is a tool that allows us to implement large-scale tasks thanks to systematic long-term work," he said