The security of allies and support for Ukraine in the face of Moscow’s massive missile attacks on Ukraine were the main topics of the meeting of NATO members’ foreign ministers in Bucharest during which the allies confirmed the need to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence policies, Poland’s MFA said on Wednesday in the wake of the summit.
Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau took part in the two-day meeting in Bucharest, during which, for the first time in NATO’s history, Finnish and Swedish FMs sat next to other Alliance FMs.
“The Allies confirmed the necessity of strengthening NATO's deterrence and defence policies while taking into consideration the direct aftermath of the Russian aggression not only for Poland but also for the whole of the North-Atlantic Alliance. They also expressed solidarity with Poland in the wake of the tragic explosion in the town of Przewodów, as a result of which two Polish citizens died,” Poland’s MFA said.
The ministry went on to say that the officials discussed, together with Ukraine’s FM Dmytro Kuleba, the possibility of stepping up support for Kyiv. FM Rau talked about the size and scope of Poland's help and said that Poland supports Ukraine's hopes to join the EU and the Atlantic. “Free and stable Ukraine, embedded in western institutions, demonstrates vital importance for our security,” FM Rau was quoted as saying by the Polish MFA.
Also on the agenda of the meeting was the topic of the threat to the Alliance’s energy security. The discussion also touched on protecting critical infrastructure in the face of the approaching winter. The growing power of China and the talks between Beijing and Moscow were also talked about as a challenge for the Alliance.
On Tuesday, NATO allies said they would help Ukraine repair its energy infrastructure, which has been heavily damaged by Russian shelling, in what Mr Stoltenberg described as an attempt by Vladimir Putin to “weaponise winter”.
“Russia is using brutal missile and drone attacks to leave Ukraine cold and dark this winter,” the official said at a news conference on Tuesday.
NATO foreign ministers vowed to increase political and practical support to Ukraine and maintain it for as long as necessary.
Russia has been relentlessly bombarding Ukraine’s power grid and heating infrastructure roughly every week since October, in what Kyiv and its allies say is a deliberate campaign to harm civilians and a war crime.
Even though Russia admits attacking Ukrainian infrastructure, it continues to lie and say that it didn't mean to hurt civilians or target them on purpose.
Ukraine urged its Western partners to supply it with air defence systems and transformers to blunt Russian strikes, Reuters reported.