NATO foreign ministers gather for two-day meeting in Berlin

At the invitation of German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock and NATO Secretary General, an informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance will take place in Berlin on May 14-15.

This is reported by Ukrinform with reference to the press secretary of the German Foreign Ministry Andrea Sasse.

“The focus of the meeting is Russia’s war of conquest against Ukraine and its consequences, for example, for energy and food security,” the diplomat said.

Other topics include the role of China and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region, Afghanistan, Africa and the Middle East, as well as the joint fight against the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences.

The ministers will discuss the prospect of Finland and Sweden joining the Alliance, for which the representatives of these countries, Ann Linde and Pekka Haavisto, are invited to the first evening of the meeting.

Read also: The Finnish government plans to announce its official intention to join NATO on Sunday

According to Sasse, such an informal format is happening for the first time. Berlin is also planning “very small, confidential formats that encourage direct exchange and open, direct discussion.” The purpose of the informal format is to deliberately strengthen the political dimension of NATO and political consultations within the Alliance, the German Foreign Ministry notes.

Meanwhile, it was reported from Brussels that as a result of the fact that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg fell ill with the coronavirus, his deputy Mircea Joane will replace him in Berlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 announced a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russian troops shell and destroy infrastructure facilities, carry out massive shelling of residential areas of Ukrainian cities and villages using artillery, multiple launch rocket systems and ballistic missiles, and terrorize the civilian population in the temporarily occupied territories.

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