Stoltenberg speaks with Zelensky and promises to strengthen military support for Ukraine at the NATO summit in Madrid
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday that the allies will reinforce military support for kyiv during the NATO summit that starts today in Madrid and ends next Thursday. In a telephone call just on the opening day of the summit, in which Zelensky will intervene by videoconference, Stoltenberg has expressed the support of the allies in the face of the “Russian war of aggression” just when the four months of conflict have just been overcome. “At our NATO summit we will increase support for our close ally Ukraine, now and in the long term. The allies are with you”, the former Norwegian prime minister has indicated in a message on social networks.
The Ukrainian president has demanded more anti-missile systems from NATO to stop “Russian terrorist attacks” in a call that has served to coordinate positions ahead of the summit, he indicated in another message on social networks. The telephone contact comes in the midst of the Russian offensive in the Donbas (east) region, where an attack on a shopping center in the town of Kremenchuk took place on Monday, leaving 16 people dead, in what Zelensky denounced as “ one of the most daring terrorist acts in European history”.
The meeting in Madrid will be the occasion for the allied leaders to review the type of military aid they allocate to Ukraine and announce new commitments in the form of a comprehensive package, which is expected to include more weapons, logistical support, communications and anti-aircraft systems. (Agencies and EL PAÍS)