NATO Allies Give Ukraine More Weapons, Stoltenberg Says

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference in Brussels
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at a news conference following the virtual summit of NATO leaders, after Russia launched a major military operation against Ukraine, in Brussels, Belgium February 25, 2022. REUTERS / Yves Herman

February 25, 2022

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday the alliance is deploying parts of its combat-ready response forces and will continue to send weapons to Ukraine, including air defense systems. .

Stoltenberg also said that Russia is trying to overthrow the Ukrainian government. “We see rhetoric, messages that clearly indicate that the aim is to abolish the democratically elected government in Kyiv,” he told a news conference after a virtual meeting of NATO leaders.

He said some of the 30 allies had announced what weapons they would supply Ukraine, including air defense systems, without giving details. “Allies are eager to continue their support,” he said.

Stoltenberg said that NATO is deploying elements of a rapid response force, including ground, air, sea and special operations forces, on allied territory.

“We are now deploying a NATO response force for the first time in the context of collective defense,” he said.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott and Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Philip Blenkinsop and Alistair Bell) NATO Allies Give Ukraine More Weapons, Stoltenberg Says

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