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01
December
2021

NATO countries respond to Ukraine's call to contain Russia – Kuleba

KYIV. Dec 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – NATO member states have responded to the call to deepen cooperation with Ukraine in the military-technical sector, send clear signals to Russia that any new wave of armed aggression against Ukraine will become an unbearable burden for it and work on sanctions against Russia, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has said.

"The main thing is that we very clearly heard today at the ministerial meeting the answer to my call to deepen cooperation with Ukraine in the military-technical sector, and, secondly, to send clear signals at all levels of Russia that any new wave of armed aggression against Ukraine will become an unbearable burden for Russia, and, thirdly, to work on sanctions. There is a very dynamic work on all these three tracks. This is what I heard today, this is the answer of my colleagues that suits me at the moment, we will continue to work with them to form this containment package," Kuleba said at a press conference following a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of foreign ministers of NATO member states in Riga on Wednesday.

Kuleba said there are two tracks of cooperation.

"The first track is what NATO can do as an integral Alliance, the second track is what each NATO member can do on a bilateral level in relations with Ukraine. We are very grateful to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for his principled position, he constantly calls on the member states of the Alliance to work as much as possible with Ukraine and develop cooperation in the field of security at the bilateral level," Kuleba said.

The minister said that now Ukraine is discussing with each country what specific contribution it can make to the containment package.

"There are also mechanisms of the Alliance, in which Ukraine participates, they relate to defense procurement, and cybersecurity, and countering hybrid threats, where we are working with the Alliance now to receive specific assistance and support," Kuleba said.